Andreas Christensen could be fit for Saturday’s FA Cup final as Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says the defender’s injury is not as bad as initially feared after limping out of the Man City victory.
- The Danish defender left on Saturday during Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Man City
- But scans have revealed that his injury isn’t as serious as Chelsea initially feared
- Thomas Tuchel said Christensen could return for Saturday’s FA Cup final
- He is expected to be fit again before the end of the Premier League season
Andreas Christensen’s injury isn’t as bad as initially feared and he has an outside chance of being fit or the FA Cup final on Saturday.
Christensen limped during Chelsea’s win at Manchester City on Saturday, raising concerns that the season may be over for the Danish defender.
He will not be available against Arsenal on Wednesday, but scans on Monday showed the damage was minor.
Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen limped out of their 2-1 win in Man City on Saturday
But the Dane could still return to action for Saturday’s FA Cup final against Leicester City
“It was better than we feared, much better,” said head coach Thomas Tuchel. “We hope that one of the two Leicester games will return.
‘The season is not over for him. We have realistic hope that the final comeback will be against Aston Villa. ‘
Chelsea have the FA Cup final against Leicester on Saturday, followed by a Premier League match against their top four rivals three days later.
Then they will take on Aston Villa before ending the campaign with the Champions League final against Manchester City.
“Andreas was crucial in the games he played,” said Tuchel. ‘He’s crucial in the back three, he can play all three positions and he’s very calm.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel delivered a positive injury update regarding Christensen
Christensen will certainly return before the end of the Premier League season, Tuchel said
Premier League, unless stated otherwise
Wednesday Arsenal (H)
15 May Leicester City (Wembley)
FA Cup final
May 18 Leicester City (H)
May 23 Aston Villa (A)
May 29 Manchester City (Istanbul)
Champions League Final
‘Don’t misjudge him for being calm, he’s very difficult to play against, uses his body well and he’s very tough and strong in individual duels.
‘The role in the back three suits him very well and I am very impressed with his performance. We were a bit relieved when we saw the images and not like the worst we expected. ‘
Mateo Kovacic was ruled out over the past month due to a hamstring problem and is still not quite fit and ready to take on Arsenal.
“We have to postpone the race to Wembley,” said Tuchel, who dismissed the idea that his team squad would keep an eye on the FA Cup final when Mikel Arteta’s team visits Stamford Bridge.
“We just look at the workload of the players and the statistics we have on who is overloaded and at risk of injury,” said Chelsea’s head coach.
“It is not the time to manage the game for Saturday, it is the time to manage the game for Wednesday.
“We are in the middle of a race for the top four and cannot judge games.”