Kante, Chilwell, Lukaku: Latest Chelsea injury news after Juventus thumping

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Chelsea booked their place in the Champions League last-16 on Tuesday evening in style after a 4-0 thumping of Juventus at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues were irresistible on the night, with goals from Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner securing an emphatic victory.

The win was memorable for many reasons for Chelsea and leaves them in a fantastic position to top Group H of the Champions League with a trip to Russia to face Zenit St Petersburg coming up.

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However, victory did come at a cost for the Blues as Thomas Tuchel saw both N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell leave the pitch with respective injury problems.

With Manchester United coming up this weekend, football.london takes a look at the latest conditions of the pair and the rest of the Chelsea squad.

N’Golo Kante

The last thing that any Blues supporters want to see is Kante being withdrawn through injury but that is exactly what happened against Juventus on Tuesday.

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

It is currently unclear exactly what the problem is but he is of course a doubt for this weekend’s clash with the Red Devils.

What Tuchel has said: “N’Golo was the same [as Chilwell]. He got stronger and stronger in the first half then twisted his knee a little bit. So hopefully, it is not too bad.”

Expected return date: N/A

Ben Chilwell

With Chelsea 3-0 up and cruising, Chilwell also followed Kante into the dressing rooms. He had to be helped off the pitch by medical staff after a collision near the centre circle.

Immediately after the incident, the England left-back looked to be in some pain and Tuchel has admitted concern over his condition, but that further tests would be carried out on Wednesday.

What Tuchel has said: “It worries me because he was in such a fantastic moment, 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 feels a bit better. We will have the medical examination tomorrow.”

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Expected return date: N/A

Romelu Lukaku

Whilst the news wasn’t so promising for both Kante and Chilwell, the Blues were once again able to call on the services of Romelu Lukaku.

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

It seems that he is not too far away from being back in the starting line-up.

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

Kai Havertz

The German was restricted to the sidelines against Juventus having picked up a hamstring injury in the 3-0 win against Leicester City.

Tuchel has so far remained tight-lipped on how severe his problem is so it remains to be seen whether he can play a part this weekend or not.

What Tuchel has said: “We had to take Kai [Havertz] off because of hamstring problems. He felt a bit of tension so we took him off. We have some doubts about him and we need to check to see if he can train without any problems. This is more or less the question mark.”

Expected return date: N/A

Mateo Kovacic

Much like Havertz, Kovacic was left out of the side against Juventus. As a matter of fact, the two shared a photograph sat together at Stamford Bridge ahead of kick-off.

It does not look like the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder will be back on the pitch any time soon, with the Chelsea boss confirming that he is set to be out for a little while longer as he too recovers from a hamstring injury.

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

Expected return date: N/A

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