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Christensen, Kante, Abraham – Latest Chelsea team news and injury updates ahead of Porto clash


It’s been a close to-excellent week for Chelsea following their shock defeat to relegation-threatened West Brom.

Bouncing straight again with a Champions League first-leg victory over Porto, the Blues doubled up at Selhurst Park once they swept apart London neighbours Crystal Palace yesterday afternoon.

It was a powerful 4-1 verdict that briefly lifted them into the highest-4 positions.

However, regardless of watching rivals West Ham and Liverpool additionally declare three factors, in opposition to Leicester City and Aston Villa respectively, the Blues have been handed a lift elsewhere by Manchester United’s win at Tottenham.

Now solely some extent behind fourth-positioned West Ham, Chelsea are set to board the airplane to Seville in a bid to cement their spot within the semi-finals of the Champions League.

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Indeed, they return to the identical Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan venue on Tuesday evening (8pm) ahead of a second leg clash in opposition to Portuguese opponents Porto – and achieve this with a 2-0 ‘away’ targets benefit.

Here is the present state of play on the Chelsea therapy desk ahead of that return journey to Spain.

Andreas Christensen

Injury: Hamstring (in coaching)

Possible return date: April 13 (vs Porto)

Thomas Tuchel handed his total squad match ahead of the journey to Selhurst Park – so the omission of Christensen got here as one thing of a shock. However, the Dane just isn’t anticipated to be out for too lengthy after it was reported that he solely picked up a minor hamstring injury in coaching.

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N’Golo Kante

Injury: Hamstring (France vs Ukraine on March 24)

Returned on: April 7 (vs Porto)

What Tuchel has mentioned: “He has a little bit muscle injury, as was communicated from the nationwide team. So my reasonable strategy is to assume after Porto – to consider the second sport in opposition to Porto.”

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Tammy Abraham

Injury: Ankle (vs Burnley on January 31)

Possible return date: April 13 (vs Porto)

Having initially picked up the injury in opposition to Burnley, the 23-12 months-previous did characteristic in opposition to Barnsley within the FA Cup simply days later, earlier than additionally enjoying in opposition to Newcastle United and Southampton. However, the England frontman was pressured off after 20 minutes in opposition to the Magpies and he hasn’t performed for 2 months. Abraham did, although, return to the bench as an unused substitute in opposition to Porto and Palace.

What Tuchel has mentioned: “Honestly I’m a bit involved, as a result of it is nonetheless the ache from the deal with in opposition to Burnley. So we’re speaking about a very long time now the place he does not likely really feel 100 per cent free and snug; I can see it in coaching. Even if he finishes coaching, I can see that it isn’t 100 per cent that he has belief or feels completely free.”