Chelsea news: Thomas Tuchel provides fitness update on Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante

The duo tested positive last week and missed the 2-0 first-leg victory over Spurs as well as the FA Cup win over Chesterfield.

Thomas Tuchel in a file photo. (Credit: Twitter/@ChelseaFC)

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel stated that he will make a late decision about Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante’s involvement in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final at Tottenham Hotspur. The duo tested positive last week and missed the 2-0 first-leg victory as well as the FA Cup win over Chesterfield. Tuchel is hoping to have them both involved in Tuesday’s session – the final preparation before Wednesday’s trip to N17. “Right now I would say we have the guys we had in the FA Cup and no new injuries, which is good news for us,” he stated during his pre-match media conference via video link.

“We have to wait on last-minute decisions on Thiago and N’Golo. They have cardiac tests and Covid tests to follow the protocols so we can bring them back to training so we have to wait to see if they can be involved and then see how they respond. It’s a gamble to play them so I’m not sure if we can do it and how much responsibility we can take there. We have to go step by step. I’m not even sure they will come to training but if they do, we can decide then.”

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Tuchel on January transfer window

Tuchel then opened up on the club’s situation in relation to the winter transfer window. “We adapt daily to the situation but it has not changed for us. We have no news or updates. We are looking into the market and we have our ideas but there is no need to put on pressure or to do it in public because we are relaxed,” he added.

“The guys who are injured we hope can come back as soon as possible and then, when we have our squad, I’m a happy coach. I am very happy with what we have. We have some struggles with these long-term injuries so we’re looking into the market for that but January is always a bit particular. There is not a lot going on at the moment. I think in the end there will be more transfers [elsewhere in the market] but I actually don’t know how big it will be.”

Tuchel further discussed the possibility of recalling Emerson Palmieri from his loan at Lyon. “With regards to any Emerson recall, it is the same question and will be the same answer. There is no news and when there is, we will update you,” he added.

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