Tuchel hoping latest Chelsea injuries aren’t serious

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is hopeful injuries Trevoh Chalobah and Hakim Ziyech picked up during the 0-0 draw at Wolves are not serious.

The Blues have been hampered by Covid-19 cases and injuries – and suffered two more potential setbacks at Molineux.

However, speaking at his post-match press conference, Tuchel seemed optimistic that neither injury is a cause for alarm.

The German said: “With Trevoh, hopefully it’s just painful – at the moment it’s very painful. We still have hopes that it’s not serious. But we need to wait for further examinations.

“For Hakim. I don’t think it’s bad. He got hit on his nerve, it feels like, on his calf. It was tight and he was limping so we had to take him off.”

Chelsea had to play after their request for a postponement was rejected by the Premier League.

Tuchel named just six substitutes, including only four outfield players, and was again without Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who recently tested positive for Covid.

Tuchel revealed after the match that seven of his players currently have the virus and that Jorginho, who was not in the squad, is being tested and might also have Covid.

“I understand everybody when they say ‘Look, they still have 14 players’,” Tuchel said.

“But if you look a bit more into detail and you check out who the 14 players are you see Trevoh Chalobah with two training sessions, you see Mateo Kovacic with one training session, you see N’Golo Kante with one.

“We were put in a huge risk of health and safety to the players – physically, not only from Covid.”