THOMAS TUCHEL could ring the changes for Chelsea’s clash with Aston Villa as he confirmed two of his stars are out.
The Blues are looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel is plotting his starting Xi for when Chelsea take on Aston VillaCredit: Getty
How Chelsea may start without N’Golo Kante and Christian PulisicCredit: The Sun
Tuchel said: “Today was the first day with everyone back. Unfortunately, we have N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic out.
“They both got back injured. N’Golo more from the Liverpool game and we will try for Tuesday. Christian came back on crutches.”
And he seems certain to be supported by Mason Mount and Kai Havertz again after the 1-1 draw at Liverpool a fortnight ago.
But with the Champions League on the horizon, Tuchel may opt to rest the Belgian and give Timo Werner a start in attack after he scored three for Germany over the past two weeks.
Reece James was sent-off in that match and is suspended but Chelsea, along with several other Premier League clubs, look set to defy the Fifa five-day suspension for refusing to release Thiago Silva for the South American World Cup qualifiers and play the Brazilian.
Cesar Azpilicueta could switch to a right-sided wing-back role in place of James.
Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are likely to make-up the rest of the backthree in front of keeper Edouard Mendy in goal.
Saul Niguez may even be handed a debut in midfield for the BluesCredit: The Sun
Marcos Alonso has been deployed at left wing-back, but several reports are claiming Ben Chilwell may get a run out against the Villans.
With Kante still out, Mateo Kovacic will likely be deployed in the middle alongside Jorginho.
Deadline day signing Saul Niguez is also an option but the Spain international will likely be on the bench.
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