Thomas Tuchel reveals further issues, including defensive starlet, in the Chelsea camp amid COVID-19 outbreak
Chelsea due to take on Brentford
A much depleted Chelsea are due to head up the road for a Carabao Cup quarter-final tie with Brentford on Wednesday night, COVID-19 permitting.
The Blues tried and failed to have their Premier League clash with Wolves called off, in a scenario that saw them able to name just six players on their substitutes bench at Molineux, including two goalkeepers after COVID-19 hit their squad.
This is your Chelsea team today! 🤝 @ParimatchGlobal #WolChe pic.twitter.com/LJSX6MweWC
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 19, 2021
Now, they take on an equally hit Brentford, who had their midweek and weekend ties called off amid COVID cases sweeping through their squad too, with a place in the semi-final of a domestic competition at stake.
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Thomas Tuchel issues mixed fitness news
Now, Thomas Tuchel has issued mixed team news ahead of the clash.
Jorginho, who finished as Chelsea’s top goalscorer last season, is a welcome return having now tested negative for COVID, but there are two new injury problems.
Both Trevoh Chalobah, who started the Wolves game in midfield, and Andreas Christensen are doubts for the London encounter, while those with COVID-19 are still isolating with the exception of Mateo Kovacic.
Tuchel says Jorginho is back in training after testing negative for COVID. Christensen and Chalobah are doubtful to play for #CFC v Brentford due to injury.
— Simon Johnson (@SJohnsonSport) December 21, 2021
This leaves the Chelsea boss with selection headaches still, and little choice of rotation, ahead of what could be a very hectic January and February for the Blues.
Tuchel is still worried about a lack of options in his squad: “We have the same concern as the Wolves game as the guys are still out even if they are not too bad. From there we go on.” #CFC
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) December 21, 2021
Can they still pick up a much-needed win to progress to the semi-finals?