Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is facing one or two injury headache ahead of Blues’ Uefa Champions League final showdown with Premier League champions Manchester City.
The west London club ended the 2020/21 Premier League campaign in disappointing display as they suffered 2-1 away defeat to Aston Villa.
However, due to Leicester City’s 4-2 loss at home to Totteham Hotspur, the Blues secured top-four spot in the table and book place in the next season’s Uefa Champions League.
And with less than four days to go before their mouthwatering encounter with Manchester City at the Estadio de Dragao, sportarena, takes a look at which Blues players are battling to be fit in time to face Pep Guardiola’s side.
The big injury news ahead of the final will be Tuchel’s anxious wait on the fitness of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy later today.
The 28-year-old stopper was forced off at half-time against Aston Villa after suffering a rib injury trying to keep out Bertrand Traore’s opening goal at Villa Park.
After being checked over by the club’s medical staff during the break, Mendy was substituted by Tuchel, with Spanish star Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal for the second half as Anwar El Ghazi’s penalty secured three points for Dean Smith’s hosts.
Tuchel confirmed the injury during his post-match interview with the German coach insisting they will do everything they can to get his No.1 fit in time for the final.
‘He feels a big pain in his ribs. We will have an update tomorrow with what’s going on. We will see if it is possible and if it is possible, we will push to do everything so he is in goal on Saturday,’ he said.
However, Mendy availability for Uefa Champions League final showdown with Manchester City will decided later today and with Tuchel responsed during post conference on Monday look like the Senegalese international is likely to back into Matchday squad against City.
French midfielder N’Golo Kante is likely to winning his own race to start Saturday’s evening crucial clash against newly-crowned Premier League champions.
The 30-year-old, who back to his excellent form since arrived of German coach, limped off in the first half of Chelsea’s 1-0 Premier League win at Leicester City on May 18 after aggravating a thigh problem.
Thomas Tuchel opted to rest him as a precaution against Villa, but he is set to return to full training this week and his comeback will provide a welcome boost to the squad.