Chelsea bounced back to winning ways in the Champions League on Wednesday night with an emphatic 4-0 win against Malmo at Stamford Bridge.
Andreas Christensen opened the scoring with a well taken volley before a Jorginho penalty made it 2-0 before half-time after Romelu Lukaku was brought down in the box.
Kai Havertz made the most of some good work from Callum Hudson-Odoi to make it three just minutes into the second half and Jorginho rounded off the scoring with his second from the penalty spot.
However, it was far from the perfect game for Thomas Tuchel as both Lukaku and Timo Werner were forced from the field with injuries, adding to the manager’s fitness woes.
With that in mind, football.london brings you all the latest on the injury front from Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s record signing has hit a rough patch of form of late – failing to score in any of his last six games before last night – and things went from bad to worse for the Belgian.
Lukaku was forced off after just 23 minutes, appearing to suffer an ankle injury in the foul from Lasse Nielsen that led to the opening penalty.
In his post-match press conference, Tuchel did not sound too optimistic about the knock either.
What Tuchel has said: “I don’t know too much more than you. Romelu twisted his ankle with the foul in the box. It will take a while. We need more examinations to be more precise but they will be out for some matches.
“It’s not a muscle injury or because of physical fatigue. He is a little bit overplayed, this is my opinion and maybe I’m not even right.”
Expected return date: N/A
The German has enjoyed a resurgence in his Chelsea career of late, with a particularly impressive display coming against Southampton before the international break.
But his run in the first-team looks set to come to an end after he too limped off the Stamford Bridge pitch in the first half, with what looked like a hamstring injury.
Like Lukaku, Tuchel confirmed that Werner will now likely miss a number of games for the Blues.
What Tuchel has said: “Timo has a hamstring injury. It will take a while for both of them. We need more examinations to be more precise but they will be out for some matches.”
Expected return date: N/A
Ziyech’s fitness worries emerged from nowhere ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Brentford last week.
Tuchel announced that the winger had returned from international duty suffering from headaches and subsequently missed the 1-0 victory in west London.
But he returned to the bench on Wednesday night to witness the 4-0 drubbing of Malmo, but once again failed to make it onto the pitch in what is becoming a frustrating season for the player.
What Tuchel has said: “Hakim Ziyech, he missed the last two training sessions with a headache and it seems he won’t be in the squad tomorrow,” he said pre-Brentford.
Expected return: Norwich (A) – Saturday, October 23.
The winger has been missing for Chelsea since the first international break of the season, limping out of a match for the USMNT.
After first arriving at Stamford Bridge, Pulisic demonstrated exactly what he could bring to the table but has struggled for a run in the first-team since and has rarely been first-choice under Tuchel.
His status continues to look murky and most recently his manager hinted that he could be out for a little longer than planned.
What Tuchel has said: “He got injured with the USA, he had a tough foul on his ankle. There is nothing to worry that we are hiding details or not telling you, I cannot give you the details because I am simply not a doctor.
“He has some setbacks from pain, not from a major injury or complication; it is simply pain in the ankle that disturbs him.”
Expected return: N/A
Source by Football London