Lukaku, Kovacic, Chilwell: Latest news on Chelsea injury ahead of Manchester United clash

Chelsea will aim to strengthen their grip on the Premier League and gather more misery at Manchester United on Sunday.

United travel down to west London without a full-time manager and 12 points behind the Blues. Both teams won the Champions League in the middle of the week – Chelsea beat Juventus 4-0 and United won 2-0 against Villarreal.

Thomas Tuchel’s side were at their brilliant best thanks to finishes from Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner, who secured an emphatic victory.

However, the victory came at a price for the Blues as both N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell left the field with injury problems.

With United on the road this weekend, takes a look at the recent relationship for the couple and the rest of the Chelsea squad.

N’Golo Kante

The last thing any Blues fans want to see is that Kante is being pulled back due to an injury, but that’s exactly what happened against Juventus on Tuesday.

The Frenchman left the pitch shortly before the break and was replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

It is currently unclear exactly what the problem is, but he is in doubt about this weekend’s showdown with the Red Devils.

What Tuchel has said: “N’Golo was the same [as Chilwell]. He got stronger and stronger in the first half, after which he twisted his knee a bit. So hopefully it’s not that bad. “

Expected return date: Unknown

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea shakes hands with Ngolo Kante from Chelsea as he comes in as a replacement during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Chelsea FC and Juventus at Stamford Bridge on November 23, 2021 in London, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill / Getty Images)
N’Golo Kante had to be withdrawn during Chelsea’s match with Juventus

Ben Chilwell

With Chelsea 3-0 ahead and cruising, Chilwell also followed Kante into the locker room. He had to be helped off the field by medical personnel after a collision near the center circle.

Immediately after the incident, the English left-back appeared to be in some pain and Tuchel has admitted concern over his condition but that further tests would be carried out. Additional reports have suggested he could be out until at least New Year.

What Tuchel has said: “It worries me because he was in such an amazing moment, just like Reece on the other side. They were in the best shape they could possibly be. So strong, full of confidence and quality.

“He was in a lot of pain and now he’s feeling a little better. We have to have the medical examination tomorrow.”

Expected return date: Unknown

Romelu Lukaku

Although the news was not so promising for both Kante and Chilwell, the Blues were again able to take advantage of Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian striker was included on the bench against Juventus, and despite not being called into action, it is certainly a positive sign to see him included again.

It seems he is not too far away from being back in the starting lineup.

Expected return date: Manchester United (H) – 28 November

Kai Havertz

The German was limited to the sideline against Juventus after suffering a hamstring injury in the 3-0 win over Leicester City.

Tuchel has so far been close about how serious his problem is, so it remains to be seen if he can play a role this weekend or not.

What Tuchel has said: “We had to take Kai [Havertz] of due to problems with the hind thigh. He felt a bit tense so we took him off. We are a little in doubt about him and we need to check if he can train without any problems. That’s more or less the question. “

Expected return date: REACH

Mateo Kovacic

Like Havertz, Kovacic was sidelined against Juventus. In fact, the two shared a photo where they sat together at Stamford Bridge prior to the kick-off.

It does not appear that the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder will soon be back on the pitch, with the Chelsea boss confirming that he is set to be out for a while yet, as he is also recovering from a hind thigh injury.

What Tuchel has said: “Mateo Kovacic is still out.”

Expected return date: Unknown


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