Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner will miss Chelsea’s next two games AT LEAST, Thomas Tuchel confirms … after both forwards suffered injuries in the win over Malmo
- Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner suffered injuries during Chelsea’s win against Malmo
- Chelsea face Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon
- The Blues will then host Southampton in the Carabao Cup round of 16 on Tuesday
Thomas Tuchel has ruled out Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner from at least the next two games and is refusing to accept that a forced layoff could be a blessing in disguise for Chelsea’s injured forwards.
“It’s never a good thing, I can’t see a positive in this,” Tuchel said as his Premier League leaders prepared to face Norwich, who have not won and have not won. ‘Both are out for Saturday and will be out for the Southampton game and from there we will see.
“I don’t think it makes any sense that we get into speculation about how long it’s going to be. The fact is, you never know. Things can be shorter or longer than expected. One thing I can tell you for sure is that they are both in treatment and both are feeling positive. They are not too concerned. Of the next two games for sure and then we’ll see. ‘
Chelsea will be without Romelu Lukaku (left) for at least the next two matches due to injury
Lukaku damaged his ankle ligaments during Chelsea’s Champions League win over Malmö
Teammate Timo Werner (right) followed Lukaku after suffering a hamstring strain
Christian Pulisic is also out with an ankle injury suffered playing for the United States in September.
Against Norwich, Kai Havertz is expected to continue as center forward, where he appeared as a substitute and scored in a 4-0 win against Malmo on Wednesday after Lukaku damaged his ankle ligaments and Werner sustained a tendon injury. hamstring in the first half.
“He’s so talented and so dangerous,” Tuchel said of Havertz, who has only started four Premier League games since his winning goal in the Champions League final.
“He has so much potential that he needs to show it. He got the minutes he deserved, and there is only one way to get to the team and that is performance.
‘There is no other way. There never was and never will be. Kai was not at his highest personal level. Other players were closer to that and we were winning, so now it was necessary for me to wait for some matches.
Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that the pair will miss clashes with Norwich and Southampton
“We felt that other guys were in better shape. He did what he had to do and he worked hard and he showed some resilience and compassion, determination to score and being more decisive in training.
“Then he got a few minutes against Brentford and it was necessary for him to play 70 minutes against Malmo, he scored, it was dangerous and here we go.”
Tuchel insists he does not view Havertz as a false nine, but as an alternative to Lukaku or Werner as a center forward.
“You could call it a false nine, but to me it’s not much of a false nine,” he said. ‘Kai is very, very strong on the last line and behind her, reaching the area. It is a great strength for him. We want him to do what he did against Malmo.
This is what we expect from him tomorrow. If you have Romelu, then you have the nine and a reference in front to create spaces and half spaces. Okay, if we don’t have it, the game will be different but in the end we have the same power, the same number of people in the same spaces in the opponent’s square to finish our attacks. That doesn’t change. ‘