The surprise inclusion who could make Chelsea’s squad to take on Arsenal with Christensen’s injury

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There could be a surprise inclusion in Chelsea’s matchday squad for the visit of Arsenal on Wednesday night with Andreas Christensen ruled out through injury.

According to Goal, Blues youngster Levi Colwill has been called up to first team training at Cobham under the watchful eye of Thomas Tuchel, having impressed with the club’s under-23s this season in Premier League 2.

Christensen sustained what Tuchel described as a tendon injury in the 2-1 victory over Man City at the weekend as he was shrugged off the ball by Gabriel Jesus, leading up to Raheem Sterling opening the scoring.

Tuchel hasn’t ruled out Christensen for the season and is optimistic that he could return in time for the Champions League final against the same opponents on May 29.

That has left a squad place up for grabs alongside fellow centre backs Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger and it appears that Colwill is the player that might be given a chance to shine.

18-year-old Colwill has made 18 appearances for the Blues youngsters this season as they finished second in Division One of PL2 behind eventual champions Man City, who scooped the trophy for the first ever time.

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Colwill has been with Chelsea since the age of eight who plays mostly at centre-back, though he is left footed and can also operate as a left bull-back or wing-back.

He has represented England youth age groups up to under-17 and recently penned a new contract at Cobham that will run until 2023.

The defender appeared in all three EFL Trophy group games for the Blues this season, playing against Walsall, Oxford United and Bristol Rovers as Chelsea won one of their three matches in the competition.

Colwill is expected to be a part of the Blues training setup until the end of the season with doubts over when Christensen could return despite Tuchel’s optimism.

Christensen has been a key part of the German’s defence since taking charge. The Dabish international was drafted into the side after Thiago Silva sustained an injury in the victory over Spurs early on in Tuchel’s reign.

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Christensen has started nine of the subsequent 13 Premier League games Tuchel has been in charge of as well as four of five Champions League ties as the Blues have reached the final later this month.

Tuchel said of Christensen’s injury on Saturday and his absence going forward: He has been crucial in our matches and we missed him for some matches around the Porto game because of a hamstring problem and now it is a tendon problem. He was crucial in a back three because he can play all three positions and he is very calm.

“Don’t misjudge that he is calm, because he is a very tough player to play against. He uses his body well, he is very strong in individual duels and he is good on the ball.

“The back three suits him well and I was impressed with his performances. We were relieved when the images were given and weren’t the worst case. The season isn’t finished for him and this is very important.”

Source by Football London

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