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Romelu Lukaku absence will put Thomas Tuchel management to test

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With Romelu Lukaku out for “several weeks” due to injury, Thomas Tuchel will have a new challenge at hand.

The 28-yrs-old forward suffered an ankle twist against Malmo on Wednesday night. As per latest reports, Lukaku will be out until the Southampton game, as Tuchel awaits further medical results.

Along with the Belgian, Timo Werner is also going to be absent for a few weeks with a hamstring problem.

Chelsea sitting at top team after Lukaku’s positive impact

The £97.5 million signing has been crucial in Chelsea’s recent success, with them leading the Premier League table. Lukaku had made a positive return to the Blues by scoring a goal against Arsenal.

The Belgian’s hold up play, allowing spaces for others to make runs, has benefitted the London Giants immensely. However, with a current dip in form and lack of rest, Lukaku seems to be missing his mark – with him blanking in 6 club games.

A late defeat against France in the Nations League Final and a continuing bad form seems to have taken a toll on his physical and mental health. Even though he is one of the best strikers in the world, Big Rom seems to be drained and needs some rest to get back on track.

Thomas Tuchel might not miss Romelu Lukaku

With Lukaku and Werner both out, Chelsea are feared to struggle. However, with enough squad depth, Tuchel might still be in a comfortable spot. Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi will be replacing the injured strikers in the coming games.

Havertz was Chelsea’s no.9 before the signing Lukaku’s return. The 22-yrs-old German was vital in the Blues’ Champions League campaign last year. He had scored the winning goal against the final versus Manchester City.

Meanwhile, Callum Hudson-Odoi has been struggling to make a starting position in the squad. He is often shuffled between the right wing and right back positions. However, he might be Chelsea’s new right winger with the absence of Werner.

Luckily, the Blues face a dreaded Norwich team on Saturday which will be a comfortable game with a positive result.

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