Reece James injury doubt as Thomas Tuchel reveals Chelsea fitness news before Watford fixture

Chelsea’s high scorer Reece James is a doubt heading into the Premier League leaders’ journey to Watford on Wednesday night after sustaining a knock within the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.James has been excellent this season for the Blues, cementing the fitting wing-back place with 4 objectives and 4 assists within the league, however he’s one among quite a few gamers who may now miss out as the fixtures come thick and quick.Manager Thomas Tuchel revealed on Tuesday that on high of current accidents to Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic, there are minor considerations over Jorginho, Timo Werner and James.“We have some gamers in doubt, perhaps we want a bit extra time, extra examinations,” Tuchel mentioned. “Reece James, Jorginho and Timo Werner, all of them skilled in the present day with us and there will likely be some last-minute selections in regards to the three.”The solely enhance was Romelu Lukaku, who had no adversarial response to his cameo towards United and will now make his first begin after a number of weeks out with an ankle injury. “He is able to progress in his minutes,” Tuchel mentioned.Chilwell’s injury stays probably the most regarding, with the England left wing-back out till not less than the New Year and presumably for much longer, relying on the outcomes of his prognosis on a knee injury. Tuchel is cautious that Chelsea may now grow to be over-reliant on Marcos Alonso as their solely pure participant for the function, however believes he can discover options in his multi-talented squad.“When no person is injured, when you may have two specialists in a single place, you may find yourself in very troublesome selections and it may be very laborious for one among them,” Tuchel defined. “Suddenly if one has an extended injury, like Ben now, it could possibly abruptly look like we don’t have sufficient [options]! “Does Marcos now need to play eight matches each three days? Is that potential? Maybe not. But we nonetheless have Callum [Hudson-Odoi] who can play on the left facet as a wing-back and now we have another concepts that we will perhaps strive. But initially, Marcos is the one in cost – he’s the specialist, he’ll show how a lot he can deliver to the crew.”Asked about midfielder Jorginho, who completed third at Monday’s Ballon d’Or ceremony after profitable the Champions League with Chelsea and the European Championship with Italy, Tuchel performed down the significance of particular person trophies.“For me, [the Ballon d’Or is] not a lot [motivation] as a result of I’ve large doubts about particular person awards on this sport as a result of the sport may be very complicated, it’s associated to a variety of luck and it’s a crew effort. Not one single participant can win a match of soccer, it’s not potential.“We don’t do what we do to have in the long run particular person awards however when you may have a variety of nominees and get a prize like yesterday [Chelsea won the ‘best club’ award] it’s the proof that we confirmed what the membership is all about and the way the membership is constructed.”

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