Tuchel blasts ‘bad luck’ as Chelsea boss slams intriguing Tammy Abraham question

Date published: Friday 22nd October 2021 2:53 - Jonny Whitfield

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel has insisted that he does not regret Chelsea’s summer sales up front, following injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

The Belgian striker reportedly faces a month out after encountering an ankle problem on Wednesday. He limped off in the first half of Chelsea’s 4-0 Champions League win over Malmo.

Blues boss Tuchel said in the immediate aftermath of the game that the injury did not look good.

To compound his concerns, though, Lukaku’s strike partner Werner also went off injured against Malmo.

The pair are alongside Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic as Chelsea’s major attacking options. Indeed, they let go of Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi in the summer.

Asked if he regrets dwindling his options, Tuchel told reporters on Friday: “No. Football does not work like this, you cannot keep a squad of 40 players.

“Do you think Tammy, Oli and Michy would be in perfect shape now? It’s a lot of bad luck that we have two injured players in the same position.”

Pulisic is also injured ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Norwich on Saturday. They then face Southampton in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

“They are all out tomorrow and probably the Southampton game and then we will see,” Tuchel said of his absent trio.

“What I can tell you for sure is they are both in treatment, positive and not worried but out of the next two games for sure.”

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As such, Tuchel must find solutions in his team. Havertz scored against Malmo, but Ziyech remained on the bench.

In fact, Tuchel admitted that he does not feel ready to hand the Moroccan a run of games following his shoulder injury in the UEFA Super Cup victory over Villarreal in August.

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“First of all, he fought his way into the team at the beginning of the season because it was obvious from pre-season he had to be on the pitch,” the manager said.

“From there [the injury] it cost him a lot. I don’t feel him today 100 per cent free with his shoulder.

“He needs time and patience.”

Chelsea’s clash with Norwich sees the top and bottom sides in the Premier League go head to head.

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