Thomas Tuchel has revealed that Romelu Lukaku is now back in training ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final with Crystal Palace. The Blues go head-to-head with the Eagles on Sunday afternoon at Wembley for a place in the FA Cup final next month.
Lukaku has been missing recently with an Achilles problem, but he could make a return to the squad at the weekend. “Yeah [everyone is okay], except for Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi, everyone seems to be okay,” Tuchel said.
“We still have two more training sessions to go, so fingers crossed it will stay like this. Romelu was back in training yesterday. Let’s see if he has any reaction or not. So, let’s see if everyone is okay.”
Lukaku missed the trip to Real Madrid in the week because of the Achilles issue, but the likes of Timo Werner, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz all flourished in his absence. Chelsea were really unfortunate to be knocked out of the Champions League to the 13-times champions after a brave and spirited showing at the Santiago Bernabeu that saw them win 3-2 on the night but lose 5-4 on aggregate.
Tuchel was asked whether his team would take confidence from the display in Spain or whether it would have the reverse effect. He said: “We are all a bit in between.
“Confidence-wise, I think it’s a huge boost, but it’s a disappointment to go out of the Champions League at the quarter-final. Not in a big drama, but it’s still a disappointment because we feel we could’ve been one of the four teams in the semi-final.
“It was a fantastic performance at the Bernabeu, and it stays like this. But it feels a bit bitter. Too many mistakes got punished by individual quality.
“We’ve got some training time now before our Sunday match, and we will use it to sweat it out and be ready for Sunday.”