Trevoh Chalobah is one of four Chelsea players ruled out of the Premier League clash against West Ham United tomorrow due to injury.
The 22-year-old limped off during the midweek win against Watford with a hamstring issue and, after undergoing a scan, has been sidelined for the trip to the London Stadium.
Ben Chilwell (knee) and Mateo Kovacic (hamstring) will also be absent for Chelsea while N’Golo Kante is a doubt due to a twisted knee suffered in the Champions League victory over Juventus.
Thomas Tuchel was able to deliver some good news ahead of the game, however, with Reece James and Jorginho both in contention to feature. James was left out of the matchday squad against Watford on Wednesday night while Jorginho was an unused substitute at Vicarage Road.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Tuchel said: “Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo [Kante], Chilwell and Trevoh Chalobah didn’t train today. They are all out for tomorrow. Everyone else is available.
“Every player is an injury too much. Of course, there is a lot of midfield players. It’s been many weeks for Kova, we miss him. N’Golo too. And Ben Chilwell is a long one, this is what we know. For Trevoh, we need more examinations to see how bad the injury is.”
One player Tuchel could turn to is Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian has featured in the last two Premier League games against Manchester United and Watford from the substitutes bench and the Chelsea head coach was asked if the Belgian forward was ready to start at the London Stadium.
He replied: “I will not tell you because this is part of the line-up that I want to know very late. He is in training and wants to start, he is eager to start. But how difficult is it for Romelu to hit top level after an injury?
“I honestly don’t know exactly but we should try to reach out top-level and in every match that is different. Watford caused us lots of problems so we had to focus on not giving up many big chances. It was a mental game to not get too frustrated and wait for the chances and escape with a win.
“Tomorrow there will be new questions. There will be changes again from there we go. We believe in what we do and are full of confidence.”
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