Tuchel provides fitness update

 Tuchel provides fitness update

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Reece James of Chelsea during the pre-season friendly between Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea at Amex Stadium on August 29, 2020 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Tuchel provides fitness update on Reece James and Mount

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed midfielder Mason Mount is available for selection when the Blues take on Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

Mount has been on the sidelines with an injury and he is now expected to return after Gareth Southgate called him up to the England squad ahead of the upcoming international break.

Tuchel provides fitness update

Tuchel provides fitness update
Mason starts training

“Mason is back,” Tuchel said.

“It was not a long injury, was a minor injury, and we’re happy that he’s back. We need to be careful. He had a rough time at Tottenham. It is not time on single players. We of course miss Mason. The whole team missed Kante and Mason, of course, that’s why he plays. Reece James too? Yes of course. [Christian] Pulisic? Of course. We have a squad and the duty, for me as a coach, to find a solution. It is possible to win games with Mason Mount.”

On Reece James
Tuchel also said he was surprised to see right-back Reece James called up to the England squad, given he is still recovering from injury.

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“When I saw [the news] I thought maybe Reece goes with the water polo teams as he is training in the pool,” Tuchel joked. “I am surprised. My understanding is that he will not go.”

The Blues will be keen to bounce back following back-to-back defeats against Manchester City last and Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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