Chelsea are left sweating over the fitness of Ben Chilwell and N’Golo Kante ahead of the clash with Manchester United after the pair limped off with knee injuries in Juventus’ Champions League defeat.
Ben Chilwell and N’Golo Kante gave Chelsea a scare on Tuesday night as they both suffered knee injuries, making them a doubt to face Manchester United this weekend.
Chelsea put on a dazzling display to sweep away Italian giants Juventus in a 4-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge.
However, the night soured with the injuries of two key players and boss Thomas Tuchel is now forced to play the waiting game to see if they are fit enough to play a rejuvenated Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
Ben Chilwell limped off the pitch with a knee injury and Chelsea must worry about his physical condition
Midfielder Kante was the first to have a problem, as he had to retire at the end of the first half, to be replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
“He got stronger and stronger in the first half and then he twisted his knee a bit, so I hope it’s not too bad,” Tuchel said, hoping that Kante’s withdrawal would prevent further damage.
With 20 minutes to go, another troubling spectacle for home fans arrived in what was supposed to be a night of celebration for reaching the top of their Champions League group.
N’Golo Kante was also sent off with a blow to the knee and it is not clear how serious it is.
Chilwell fell into a heap and appeared to be in pain before he was helped out of the field, limping down the tunnel.
“It worries me because I was in as fantastic a time as Reece on the other side,” added Tuchel.
“They were in the best shape possible, so strong, full of confidence and such quality.”
He added: ‘(Chilwell) was in a lot of pain, now he feels so much better. Tomorrow we have a test to be more precise.
“We hope for the best, hopefully we can cross our fingers with not so bad news.”
Manager Thomas Tuchel expects Wednesday’s medical exams to show minor damage
Chilwell got off to a slow start to the season by earning his spot, but has become a key component of Tuchel’s league-leading team.
The English side has three goals and one assist so far this season after having surpassed Marcos Alonso to be the main option on the left.
Romelu Lukaku remained an unused substitute against Juventus, but there is growing optimism that he will be fit to play against his old team on Sunday.
United are currently under the leadership of Michael Carrick and are heading into the weekend’s game with new confidence after a 2-0 Champions League win over Villarreal in Spain.