(Reuters) – Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel confirmed on Friday that Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner are likely to miss Chelsea’s next two league matches after picking up injuries in the midweek Champions League game against Malmo.
The two strikers faltered in the first half against the Swedish side, and Lukaku’s ankle injury looked particularly bad after spending about four minutes lying down.
“They’re out tomorrow and maybe (from) the Southampton game, we’ll see later. What I can tell you for sure is that they are in positive and carefree treatment, but from the next two games for sure,” Tuchel said earlier in Saturday’s Premier League game with Norwich City. .
Midfielder Christian Pulisic will also not be available as he is still recovering from an ankle problem.
Tuchel defended the decision to pick Lukaku against Malmo despite the already intense Belgian participation this season.
“It was a perfect role for Romelu to take charge of. Mentally, he’s a little exhausted, but that doesn’t mean we have to spare him. Jorginho and Mason Mount are in the same position. That’s right, they play a lot of competition.”
The German added that he has no regrets about turning down the likes of Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi before the start of the season, saying he has enough offensive players to make up for Lukaku’s absence.
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