Good morning Chelsea fans
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has given injury updates on three of his players ahead of tomorrow’s London derby with Arsenal.
The German told a pre-match press conference: “Kova (Mateo Kovacic) is out for the game with a ligament injury. Hopefully, he will not be longer than two weeks out.
“This is a long time for us in terms of games. Hopefully, as short as possible.
“Callum Hudson-Odoi is out for this game, and Ben Chilwell is out for the game.
“There are some players in doubt which we need to examine, but hopefully the rest are OK.”
Tuchel also admitted it is unfortunate they will have a reduced crowd at Stamford Bridge tomorrow for the visit of Arsenal.
Sanctions placed on the club mean the number of fans will be limited to about 25,000 season ticket holders in the 40,000-capactiy ground.
The German tactician told a pre-match press conference: “It’s not an advantage. We want to play home matches in front of a full stadium.
“The game is for the spectators and supporters so that’s bad news actually.”
Meanwhile, Mason Mount has been told he talks too much by ex-Liverpool star Jose Enrique after the Chelsea star claimed the Blues will beat the Reds in the Fa Cup final.
Enrique said of Mount: “This guy talks a lot. He did it to Toni Kroos as well [prior to Chelsea’s exit in the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid].
“Let’s see what happens in the final. At the moment you already lost one against us this season. Come on Reds!!!”
Elsewhere, Chelsea will fly out to America in July as part of their pre-season plans and face Arsenal in Orlando.
The Gunners will face London rivals Chelsea in a pre-season friendly on July 23 for the pre-season run-in.
The two teams will challenge for the Florida Cup at Camping World Stadium, which is a candidate to host games during the 2026 World Cup.
Meanwhile, Conor Gallagher has admitted that he was disappointed at not being allowed to play for Crystal Palace against parent club Chelsea.
He said: “It was quite difficult to watch. I got over the fact that I wasn’t playing, but watching the game I was just wanting to be on the pitch and to be playing.
“You always feel part of it even when you’re not playing and not in the squad.
“I’m proud of the boys, It was a good game to watch. Chelsea played well and they were the better team on the day.”
Finally, Chelsea loanee Emerson Palmieri has revealed he would have “no problem” staying at Lyon beyond the end of the campaign.
Emerson was quizzed on Tuesday regarding his future, and didn’t rule out a permanent transfer to the Ligue 1 side.
He said, as quoted by FootMercato: “Of course, yes, I have no problem saying that I can stay at Lyon.
“It’s a pleasure to be here. There are different factors. It’s not just up to me.
“There are six matches left to play and after that I will have an answer for you all.”