Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that N’Golo Kante and Hakim Ziyech at both available for face Arsenal in Sunday’s London derby clash at the Emirates stadium.
The Blues duo missed their side’s opening Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace due to their respectively injury problem, but made returned to Cobham in the last couple of days.
Ziyech, who sustained dislocated shoulder problem against Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup last week, expected to be ruled out of action at least two weeks, but the Moroccan international back quickly to work.
The most technically gifted winger has been in excellent form since start of the summer, netted six goals with additional of one assists, while also created a lot chances for his team-mates.
Kante, on the other hand, sustained an ankle problem against Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup, but the Frenchman also made quickly returned, as he appeared alongside rest of Thomas Tuchel’s men at Cobham on Friday.
However, after the pair take part in Friday’s training session, Thomas Tuchel has confirmed both are winning their battles to be fit for the London derby with the Gunners, who started their campaign in a disappointing way after defeat at Brentford.
‘Hakim and N’Golo both trained yesterday so we need to have more physical intense session tomorrow and decide tomorrow. Right now, it seems very positive that both can be in the squad for Sunday,’ Tuchel told reporters.
The Blues boss has also revealed that Romelu Lukaku, who joined the European champions from Inter Milan in a region of £98million, is in line to make his second debut for Chelsea in this weekend’s contest.
‘We have one more training session to go but the week was a heavy load. He was with the group with the late starters, so it was an overload week so far. Today was low intensity and tomorrow we will have an important session before the match. We hope he will be on the pitch on Sunday and it looks likely,’.
However, Christian Pulisic has tested positive for coronavirus and will therefore not be available to take on Mikel Arteta’s side in North London.