Chelsea warmed up for their clash with Manchester United on Sunday by thumping Juventus 4-0.
It was an imperious performance by Thomas Tuchel’s side, who are still without former United striker Romelu Lukaku.
Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner sealed Juve’s worst ever defeat in the Champions League.
It was not a perfect night for Tuchel, however, as N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell both picked up injuries.
Tuchel spoke about the fitness of both players after the final whistle, as per Sky Sports.
He said of Chilwell: “It worries me because he was in such a fantastic moment – like Reece (James) on the other side. They were in the best shape they could possibly be, so strong and so confident, with such a lot of quality.
“He was in a lot of pain, now he feels a bit better. He has an examination tomorrow (Wednesday) to be more precise. Hopefully we get away (with it), fingers crossed, with not too bad news.”
Unfortunately for Chelsea, The Guardian report Chilwell could be out long term, with a suspected ACL injury.
On Kante, Tuchel added: “With N’Golo, it’s a bit the same,” he added. “He got stronger and stronger in the first half but twisted his knee a little bit. Hopefully it’s not too bad.”
Kante’s injury is not thought to be as serious as Chilwell’s, but he remains a doubt for this weekend’s match.
The absence of both players could benefit United ahead of that weekend trip to Stamford Bridge.
Chilwell was flying, with three goals in his last six Premier League games, to go with an assist against his former club Leicester on Saturday.
Kante went one better and scored against his old team, and his energy and discipline would be sorely missed by Tuchel against United.
Chelsea demonstrated their strength in depth last night, and even without the injured pair, they would be formidable opponents but Tuchel needing to shuffle his pack would be of benefit to Michael Carrick on Sunday.
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