Chelsea receive key double injury boost ahead of Sheffield United fixture

Chelsea: Tuchel’s interesting response to top four race

Chelsea have received a fitness boost ahead of the Premier League game against Sheffield United, with Kai Havertz and Kurt Zouma seen taking part in training on Friday. Havertz and Zouma missed the Blues’ 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur entirely.

Speaking ahead of that game, manager Thomas Tuchel revealed that Zouma and Havertz picked up “little issues” in training.

He said: “We had two little issues today on the training pitch.

“It was Kurt Zouma and Kai Havertz who went off the pitch with little issues so they are checking issues and doing images right now.

“It is questionable if they are in the squad for tomorrow. Everyone else is available.”

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However, the pair were seen taking part in full training with the rest of the squad before the trip to Bramall Lane and they could feature.

Zouma’s return in particular will be a big boost after Thiago Silva was forced off with an injury against Spurs.

Speaking after the game, Tuchel admitted it was unlikely that Silva would be fit to face the Blades.

“It will be very tight for Sunday, only two days recovery,” he said. “It is too early to give a diagnosis because I saw him very briefly with a big strap around his muscle.

“We will have to wait until Friday so we can confirm it but I think for Sunday he is a big doubt.”

Havertz, meanwhile, has been unable to hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge after his summer move from Bayer Leverkusen.

Former Chelsea and Leverkusen midfielder Michael Ballack has urged his compatriot to fight for his place and believes that, if he is given time to come good, “the team can be built around him.”

Speaking to The World Game, Ballack said: “It is important for Chelsea to understand that if you buy a player with that kind of potential, then you have to give him time, bit by bit.

“So he can be in that role and that the team can be built around him. At the moment there are too many players that fight for many positions.

“There are only a few players that are so to speak ‘untouchable’. Therefore he now faces a normal competitive scenario. It just depends on him, if he is able to win it.

“He needs that will, but if he sees it and takes on the fight then he will be able to get that spot as he has exceptional football qualities.

“However it is a different level than at Leverkusen. Therefore he has to live with it.”

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