Blues coach Thomas Tuchel confirmed the mixed news before his team faced the Gunners next weekend
Thomas Tuchel is ready to let Romelu Lukaku participate in his Chelsea debut against Arsenal, and hopes N’Golo Kanter will recover from a minor injury.
However, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been a member of the Tuchel team in the preseason. After testing positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, he will be on August 22. Absent from the game on Sunday.
After beating Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday, Tuchel provided updates on the health of several of his players.
What did Tuchel say?
“During warm-up against Villarreal for the Super Cup match, N’Golo felt ankle discomfort,” Tuchel said. “He played a little bit in pain and overcame the pain.
“Yesterday (Friday), he felt painful and we took responsibility in this game to take him out instead of taking risks at this stage of the season.
“I think N’Golo will be back in the middle of the week to prepare for Arsenal. Unfortunately, Ruben tested positive on Thursday. He is in isolation and abides by the agreement, which is why he is not present. The team.
“Romelu has been released from quarantine [on Sunday] Training on Tuesday, because Monday is a rest day. We will prepare him for Arsenal. Hope he can play. “
Chelsea also played a friendly match against the non-league team Weymouth on Sunday. They won 13-0, and many players who had struggled for a few minutes in the preseason participated in the match.
What else was discussed?
Tuchel also hinted that signing Lukaku from Inter Milan for 98 million pounds ($136 million) will allow him to try a new formation.
“With the addition of Romelu, we got our first striker and we want him to play,” he added. “If you make this amount of transfer, you definitely want him to appear on the court.
“He will relieve the pressure on Kay’s shoulders [Havertz], Timo [Werner] And christian [Pulisic] Because Romelu is the kind of person who wants responsibility and wants to relieve the pressure on his shoulders.
“I am very satisfied with Timo, Kay and Christian because of their high intensity of play. With Romelu, we have the opportunity to play with two forwards like he did at Inter Milan, or continue to use three forwards. “
“We will see how things work and how they fight for their position.”