N’Golo Kante AND Edouard Mendy are poised to be fit for the Champions League final with Chelsea midfielder ‘looking good’ and goalkeeper ‘making huge improvements in pain management,’ reveals Thomas Tuchel.
- Chelsea has positive news of injuries leading up to Saturday’s Champions League final
- N’Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy are expected to shake off recent injuries
- Thomas Tuchel confirmed that both players will be back in time for Saturday
- Kante has a minor hamstring problem while goalkeeper Mendy has a rib injury
- Chelsea will face European finalists Manchester City for the first time in Lisbon on Saturday
Thomas Tuchel has delivered positive fitness bulletins about both Edouard Mendy and N’Golo Kante ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final.
Mendy, who injured his ribs in a collision with the goalposts on Sunday during Chelsea’s defeat at Aston Villa, has undergone scans and they show nothing broken or seriously damaged.
“We hope to have him back in training on Wednesday,” said Tuchel. ‘We had a tremendous improvement in pain management. Wednesday we need a new update.
Edouard Mendy (left) and N’Golo Kante (right) are ready to be fit for Chelsea’s Champions League final against Manchester City on Saturday
Manager Thomas Tuchel announced the good news on Monday during a pre-final press conference
‘Edou will play when he is fit and if he is not fit on Wednesday, we will try it on Thursday. And we’ll try Friday and always be reasonable and take responsibility for this decision.
At the same time, we are confident that if he doesn’t make it, we’ll have a strong man on the bench with Kepa who will take his place.
So now the race has begun. First of all, we are very happy that the images do not show that the injury is too serious. At the moment we are positive, but every hour counts.
Goalkeeper Mendy (photo) sustained a rib injury in the first half against Aston Villa on Sunday
Hopefully the team around Edou and himself can do enough and help him enough to get on the field. It will be a nice boost for us. ‘
Kante has been out since he adjusted a hamstring in the Premier League against Leicester on Tuesday.
He missed the trip to Villa Park and Tuchel remains positive, even though he joked that he might stop asking the medical team for updates and just throw the French midfielder back into training.
Kante (center) limped out of Chelsea’s win over Leicester last week with a hamstring problem
“Nothing has changed with N’Golo,” said Tuchel. “I’m thinking about changing my tactics now and stop asking about N’Golo, just put him on the field during Wednesday’s practice and put him on the field when the game starts on Saturday.
‘Maybe I’m not going to talk to the doctors and physio’s anymore, so I don’t hear any more doubts and no more complaints.
Maybe I should think about changing tactics. But it looks good and I hope it stays that way. ‘