Ziyech and Kante to miss Crystal Palace game

Chelsea Head Coach Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Hakim Ziyech will miss the season opener against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge after injuring his shoulder in the UEFA Super Cup win against Villarreal on Wednesday.

The German also revealed Kante might miss the game due to a small niggle the France international picked up while captaining the side on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters ahead of the game Tuchel said “Hakim will miss the game tomorrow for sure because of his injury.”

The decision has been made to treat the injury conservatively and give him as much time as he needs to get back to the level he was showing in pre-season. We don’t need to consider surgery, which is very good news and we hope he can be back on the pitch in the next few weeks.”

We have some issues with N’Gole Kante from the final. We need to sort this out and we will see how he is before we select our team. We have not made our decisions yet, we will take our time and we will discuss with the medical department who we can push to play another 90 minutes.”

“I think that playing 120 minutes in the Super Cup was the worst thing for us, physically but mentally and psychology, it was the best because winning a penalty shootout gave us a huge boost of positive energy and feelings.

Tuchel admitted he is very excited about Lukaku’s arrival, and said “We’re very happy to have Romelu back in the club as an addition to our squad. We think in terms of personality, his speed, power, he can hopefully be an excellent choice for us and an excellent addition.”

He has the power, he has the physique to help us. He has the experience, the personality, to have an instant impact in our squad. He is at the same time a humble guy and a true team player and he cares about Chelsea.”

He is super hungry. It was actually very important to us that it was his desire to re-join Chelsea and to finish his story at Chelsea in the way that he wants to for himself. It was very important because we have a strong group that is defined with a strong bond and a certain attitude to be ready to help each other out and to support each other.”

We feel that Romelu’s strength is having a variety of strengths. He is strong in the air, he will give us a new power when we cross from the side. I don’t think we need to change our style of play to make him shine. He has charisma, he is a good age now where he is a leader and hopefully he will be one of the leaders in our group.”

Lukaku’s arrival has almost certainly sealed the fate for Tammy Abraham, who is reportedly wanted by Italian outfit AS Roma and Arsenal. Speaking about the Chelsea forward Tuchel said “Tammy is in the squad for tomorrow. He is our player and right now it is Friday afternoon and the only focus for us is on Saturday’s game.”

Of course, there are always possibilities that players could leave us, especially when we have other players arriving in the same position. The situation for Tammy is clear though and it has been discussed. At the moment, there is no news. We have a good relationship, he is our player and he is in the squad for tomorrow.”

Source: Chelsea FC

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