Chelsea v Wolves: Injury news on Kante, Kovacic, Lukaku & others ahead of Premier League clash
Chelsea have a growing list of injury concerns ahead of their visit to the Molineux.
They have to quickly move on because they will need all three points at the Molineux to avoid falling further behind to Manchester City in the title race.
The French midfielder made a return to the bench against Everton but did not get on the pitch.
You’d think he will get some minutes against Wolves with the Blues almost desperate for a win.
Having missed a couple of games due to injury, the young defender made a return against Everton as a substitute and should be ready for a start at the Molineux.
This game comes too early for Lukaku who is isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.
It’s been a stop-start to his second stint at Chelsea as he is only just returning from an ankle injury.
The academy graduate was playing some of the best football of his career and will be gutted to have tested positive for Covid-19 too. Unlucky.
He is also expected to miss out.
Another player who has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not be part of the team for the weekend’s game.
Kovacic has been incredibly unlucky in recent times at Chelsea.
He had a strong start to the season and then picked up a seemingly harmless injury that ended up keeping him out for weeks.
Then when the Croat returned to training ended up testing positive for Covid-19.
He’s now back in full training and should be in the matchday squad for the visit to the Black Country.
But initial indications by the medical staff are that he could be back earlier than anticipated.
Thomas Tuchel revealed he was responding well to the treatment, but the game against Wolves comes way too soon for him.
The Italian midfielder has been a key part of the Chelsea set up since Tuchel took over, but has been playing with pain.
Tuchel revealed he was a doubt for for the game against Wolves.
Another player who started the game against Everton but came off and is now a doubt for the visit to the Molineux.
What manager Thomas Tuchel said at the press conference ahead of the game
The Chelsea manager said: “We do not have any positive cases at the moment and we have Kai back which is good news for us.”
On calls for this weekend’s game Tuchel said it would be helpful if there was clarity on how many cases it would take to get a game postponed.
He added: “If they want to, they can. its not in our hands but clarity is very good and will be helpful for everyone.
“I know the rules now, I did not get involved too early.
“I read them and immediately forgot them as there were too many but if they made them available would quite helpful to everyone involved in the game.”