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THE US MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM AND BELGIUM’S NATIONAL TEAM ARE DEALING WITH INJURIES AT THE SAME TIME, ACCORDING TO TUCHEL

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The Belgian striker picked up a knock during the international break with Belgium. Christian Pulisic remains sidelined with an ankle injury, while Thiago Silva is unlikely to be risked. The Blues travel to face west London neighbours Brentford at Griffin Park on Saturday afternoon.

WHAT HAS BEEN SAID?

Blues manager Tuchel told reporters: “He will be back, this afternoon, hopefully, safe, Thiago from this match in Brazil. So we had our talk today about Brentford, we had our tactical training today, and he missed all that. He played 90 minutes, he has 12 hours of travelling so that’s the answer maybe about his availability.

Toni Rudiger is injured, he came back injured from national team. Christian Pulisic is still injured and we have doubts with Hakim Ziyech, he missed the last two pieces of training with a headache so it seems he’s not with us tomorrow.

“ROMELU IS FINE, DOING ALL THE TRAINING SESSIONS AND DOING OKAY FOR TOMORROW.”

WHO GETS A BALLON D’OR NOD?

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku is one of five Chelsea players named on the 30-man longlist for the 2021 Ballon d’Or. N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mason Mount and Cesar Azpilicueta are also in contention for the award. I am not into individual awards. It is a team effort. We were more than just single players, says German coach Tuchel.

“I HOPE THAT ONE OF OUR PLAYERS GETS IT BECAUSE THEN IT WILL INCREASE THE CONFIDENCE AND EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO BECOME A GOOD PLAYER”.

It is about last season. Since many weeks I am into the future and into the present. We have to forget all of this and don’t put too much on what happens last season or these awards, says Manchester City boss Jose Mourinho after naming his managerial team for the FA Players’ Player of the Year award.

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