Lukaku prays for Mount return, – See the 3 changes Tuchel will make against Leicester clash
Before selecting his Chelsea XI to face Leicester on Saturday, Thomas Tuchel will await a slew of team news.
The international break is nearly over, and Premier League action has resumed.
Chelsea travels to Leicester City’s King Power Stadium in the hopes of avenging their 1-1 draw with Burnley.
The top three clubs in the division are separated by only three points, which does not offer much room for mistakes. The Blues have lost both of their previous visits to Brendan Rodgers’ side, so Thomas Tuchel is well aware of the challenge that awaits him.
As players return from the action with their national teams, the German coach will have more to consider after starting Ross Barkley against the Clarets.
That is not to suggest that his presence harmed the team; the Blues had 25 shots to Burnley’s five, but Tuchel’s side lacked the clinical edge needed to secure three points.
Against a tough Foxes team, the German coach will be eager to avoid any such concerns.
Trevoh Chalobah has started the last two international breaks, and there’s no reason to believe he won’t do so again.
While Thiago Silva’s international duty only saw him play 90 minutes, while playing three games was a possibility in October, considering the arduous flight to South America, the veteran may be offered a spot on the bench.
Joginho or Kante should take a break.
Given Jorginho’s and N’Golo Kante’s heavy workloads for club and country over the previous 12 months, with no signs of slowing down, it’s not uncommon for them to be rested. While Saul Niguez has had little playing time this season, it was for this reason that he was brought into the team.
Jorginho’s international responsibilities, on the other hand, were finished on Monday evening in Northern Ireland, while N’Golo Kante just played in France’s first World Cup qualifier on Saturday, a convincing 8-0 win over Kazakhstan.
Nonetheless, with a critical Champions League match against Juventus on Tuesday, there may be some thought given to ensuring the club is ready for that match.
With Ruben Loftus-Cheek eligible to spend the week at Cobham, it would make sense for the 25-year-old to start the season with one of the Ballon d’Or candidates and continue on his outstanding form.
Mason Mount did not participate in England duty due to dental surgery, but he was able to report for training at Cobham early this week.
The midfielder hasn’t played for the Blues since his hat-trick against Norwich, but he’ll be ready to go if he’s maintained his fitness levels.
Tuchel will be free to revert to his 3-4-3 with Mount playing out wide on one flank and Callum Hudson-Odoi on the other, as Barkley is likely to be the player to miss out in this scenario
Everyone will be anxious to hear the news. Is Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku fit enough to start?
In October, the Belgian attacker suffered an ankle injury in a match against Malmo at Stamford Bridge, and he has not played for the Blues since.
The 28-year-old has returned to training, albeit he appears to be exercising separately from the rest of the team at the moment. The forward has taken part in agility exercises and ball work, but he still has to take another step before being considered for a starting role.
Perhaps there’s a chance Lukaku will be included in the team for the trip to Leicester, where he’ll start on the bench to help him prepare.