Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has issued the latest injury news on his squad ahead of the match against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.
The league fixture will take place this Sunday at Stamford Bridge after both teams earned three points from their opening matches of the new season.
The Blues have some doubts within their ranks, with Mateo Kovacic suffering from a knee injury at this moment. Marcos Alonso has found an agreement over the personal terms with Barcelona, who have a deal in principle with the west London outfit over a £6.5 million transfer (AS).
Tuchel has revealed that Alonso missed the training sessions this week with his proposed move to Camp Nou in line to be finalised. The German coach also mentioned that Kovacic would be an absentee this weekend because of his setback.
Speaking in the pre-match presser ahead of the London derby, as relayed by Nizaar Kinsella, Tuchel said: “Marcos Alonso is not in training and is trying to finalise his transfer. Kova is injured and has issues with his knee. Everybody else is available.”
Antonio Conte has already revealed how Tottenham have some injury problems of their own to deal with ahead of the London derby.
Oliver Skipp and Clement Lenglet will both be unavailable for this match (Football.London), but Conte has other options to cover for them in their respective positions. Apart from the duo, the boss has the rest of the squad to choose from.
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Kovacic’s absence is certainly a massive boost for Spurs as the Croatian was arguably the best midfielder for his side over the last year or so. Their other options like Jorginho and N’Golo Kante have largely been inconsistent during that period.
The Blues have recently brought in Marc Cucurella from Brighton and Hove Albion, so they will not be affected by Alonso’s current status.
Fortunately, Tottenham’s injury issues do not affect them to the same extent as Conte has players like Ben Davies, Rodrigo Bentancur, Yves Bissouma and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to cover for Lenglet and Skipp’s absences.