Tuchel hopes ‘crucial’ Chelsea player would only be out for days, not weeks after fresh injury blow

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he hopes he would not regret the decision to start Andreas Christensen in Saturday’s win over Manchester City following his fresh injury.

The 25-year-old defender was rather unlucky to pick up an injury which led to Raheem Sterling’s opening goal just a few minutes before half-time.

Fortunately, Kurt Zouma did quite well in the middle of the back three for the rest of the game with Thiago Silva out of the travelling squad and staying in London.

Tuchel’s men eventually turned things around after the break and secured an away win, thanks to Hakim Ziyech’s equaliser and Marcos Alonso’s late winner.

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However, Chelsea have plenty of important games to play in the next weeks.

The next two games are going to be a derby against Arsenal on Wednesday and the FA Cup final against Leicester City at the following weekend.

Christensen’s absence would certainly be a blow, given his recent performances.

Tuchel admitted that he considered leaving the Denmark international out of the starting line-up against Man City and hopes that he did not make a wrong decision.

“I hope it’s not too bad,” Tuchel told Chelsea TV about Christensen’s injury.

“It’s more or less the same [injury] that he suffered some weeks ago around Porto games, I think, where we had to replace him.

“It was a fifty-fifty decision today whether we wanted to put him on the pitch or not.

“I hope we did not make a mistake. Because he’s so crucial for us in the last weeks — so, so strong.

“I hope we can escape with some days [of absence] and not weeks. But I’m not sure yet, I have no confirmation yet.”

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