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Breaking: Kovacic ,Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku and Christian Pulisic are out of the trip to face Newcastle United.

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Chelsea travel to the north east to face interim Graeme Jones’ side in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues are top of the table and unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions.

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Cesar Azpilicueta (shoulder), Andreas Christensen (teeth), N’Golo Kante (muscle fatigue) and Christian Pulisic (ankle) all returned to training this week ahead of the league clash.

Tuchel confirmed the team news in his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.

Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Pulisic remain out, while Mateo Kovacic is out with a hamstring injury

We have some better news than ahead of the Southampton game,” Tuchel told the media. “Which means of course Timo and Romelu are still out because of their injuries. 

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“Christian Pulisic did join training in the last two sessions but it is too early. Everyone else is available. Azpi, Ruben and NG are back on the pitch and with the team tomorrow, ready to play.”

Tuchel confirmed Kovacic’s injury will leave him out for some weeks but took full responsibility for his injury.

“He injured by doing too much in training. It’s my fault.”

The Chelsea boss also revealed when he hoped Werner and Lukaku would return to the side from injury.

I am not a friend of deadlines and not putting pressure. Both of them have a new target and that target is after the national break. This is what they aim for, what we aim for. Christian Pulisic, we are looking forward to the Burnley match. If it all goes right, he should be in the squad for the Burnley match and ready to play.

 

Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner will not return for Chelsea before the November international break, Thomas Tuchel revealed ahead of Saturday’s trip to Newcastle United.

Neither Lukaku nor Werner have featured for the Blues since their 4-0 Champions League win over Malmo on October 20 due to respective ankle and hamstring injuries.
The pair were initially ruled out of matches against Norwich City and Southampton, both of which Chelsea won – albeit only on penalties against Saints.

But Tuchel will again be without the forwards at Newcastle and also for meetings with Malmo and Burnley prior to the pause in club action.
Lukaku and Werner are now targeting a potentially pivotal stretch when the season resumes, as Chelsea face Leicester City, Juventus and Manchester United in succession.

“Timo and Romelu are still out because of their injuries,” Tuchel told a pre-match news conference. “Christian Pulisic did join the last two training sessions, but it’s still too early, given the time that he missed.”
He added: “I’m not a friend of deadlines and putting pressure on expectations, but I can tell you that it’s realistic that both of them, Timo and Romelu, have a new target, and that target is after the international break. That is what we aim for and they aim for.

“With Christian Pulisic, we are looking at the Burnley match.”
Tuchel otherwise provided largely positive news on the injury front, although he later revealed Mateo Kovacic had suffered a hamstring injury in training and was also likely to be missing for close to a month.

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