Tuchel will not rush Lukaku’s return against Juve, Havertz in doubt

Mon 22 November 2021 | 15:45

The Blues boss believes the Belgium international may play as a late substitute in their battle against the Bianconeri, but the Premier League side do not want to risk it and rush his return.

Thomas Tuchel

is not certain if

Romelu Lukaku

will come back for


’s battle against


in the

Champions League

, whereas

Kai Havertz

may not make an appearance at all.

The Belgian has not been playing for a month as he sustained an ankle injury but he is on the verge of making a return.

Record signing Lukaku started training last week but the Chelsea boss does not want to rush his return on Tuesday.

While the Belgian striker is a doubt, Havertz appears unlikely to play following the hamstring injury he sustained against Leicester City.

Jorginho is at Tuchel’s disposal as they look for a victory that would have them 12 points adrift of Group H leaders.

When quizzed about the possibility of Lukaku’s return, Tuchel said:

"Not sure yet. He seemed okay in training yesterday [Sunday], we will see about the reaction.

"He has an appointment with the doctors and physios. Maybe we can bring 20 players to the squad. The last minutes would be the absolute maximum.

"Jorginho is absolutely okay. Kai had a hamstring problem so we took him off and we have some doubts with him."

The Blues are enjoying a run of nine unbeaten matches, winning seven since their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Juventus in September.

Owner Roman Abramovich may be present at the stadium for the game between the two top sides, but Tuchel will not give his squad extra motivation.

The German said:

"Our show is the basics. We give our very best if the owner is here or if he is not here. He will watch us closely anyway if he isn't here.

"We put a show on a daily basis and that is with hard work to make him happy and all our supporters who are in the stadium tomorrow. We need everyone full on and ourselves to be at the top level."

Tuchel’s side have only won one of their previous 10 matches against the Bianconeri in the Champions League.


We will not risk our qualification and go all in if the situation is like this, but we will try everything to win the game and the group and to do this, we have to win the game,"

said the former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund boss.

source: SportMob

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