Latest Chelsea Injury News: Tuchel Provides Updates On Two Key Players

Latest Chelsea Injury News: Tuchel Provides Updates On Two Key Players

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that he is hopeful of having Mason Mount available for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final tie against Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

The 22-year-old was taken off with 15 minutes remaining in the 2-0 win over Fulham yesterday, and while Tuchel says he was concerned that that the player had picked up a back problem, he doesn’t think it is serious:

“I hope Mason will be okay. I don’t think it was a big thing but we took him off so he can recover ahead of Real Madrid. It was my decision – there was not any doctor or physio who told me to take him off. But I saw him landing hard and it was the moment anyway when we wanted to take him off anyway. I saw him holding his back slightly, so we didn’t want to take any risks but I have no other information on that.”

Antonio Rudiger was also absent for the game against the Cottagers. The German international sustained a head injury in the first leg versus Real last week, and was not in the matchday squad as the Blues eased to victory yesterday afternoon.

However, the 28-year-old is expected to be back available for the second leg next week, with Tuchel claiming he will wear a protective mask so he can play in the match.

The only other injury concern is Mateo Kovacic. The Croatian suffered a setback in his return from a hamstring problem and he is not expected to be ready to face Real.

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