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Thomas Tuchel provides Reece James injury update and rules four Chelsea stars out of West Ham clash


Reece James missed Chelsea’s win over Watford in midweek (Picture: Getty)

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Reece James is contention to make his return from injury against West Ham on Saturday.

The England international has been in scintillating form for club and country this season but was forced to sit out the hard-fought 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road.

Club captain Cesar Azpiliceuta deputised for the 21-year-old on Wednesday, but Tuchel is delighted the likes of James, Timo Werner and Jorginho will all be in a position to feature in tomorrow’s London derby.

Jorginho and Timo Werner are also back in contention (Picture: Getty)

He said: ‘Jorginho, Timo Werner and Reece James are training and available. We did not train with Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo, Ben Chilwell and Trevoh Chalobah today, and they are all out.

‘It’s a lot of midfield players. We have missed Kova for many weeks, and also NG. Ben Chilwell is a long one. For Trevoh we need more examinations to see how bad the injury is.’

‘It’s important to have Reece and Jorgi back,’ added Tuchel.

‘Reece is the specialist on the side. Jorgi is the guy left from the three of him, Kova and NG on whose shoulders we put the central role over a long period.

‘I’m absolutely happy with the way Ruben has stepped in, but we are happy Jorgi is back in training.

‘We can’t wait to have Kova and NG to come back because they are a very important part of our team in a midfield role where we miss experience and leadership qualities.

‘But we will never complain, we are here to find solutions. If we miss players, other players will play and they have a contract here because they deserve it. We will have a strong team on the pitch tomorrow.’


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