Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was left furious following Wednesday night’s clash with Brighton, as his side suffered yet more injuries while throwing away three points by conceding with the last kick of the game.

Tuchel now insists ‘everybody’ is injured and confirmed that he has ‘no more wingbacks’ after Reece James limped off in the first half.

The England international was seen grimacing on the turf, before being helped to the touchline by medical staff. Tuchel has since confirmed the defender has suffered a hamstring injury.

Speaking after the match, Tuchel said: ‘No prognosis yet [on James]. 

‘It’s a hamstring injury. We will not look ahead to Liverpool now. We cannot. We have to try and find players to play. We have no more wingbacks. Everyone is injured. 

‘Players are coming back from Covid. They are playing playing playing. I will always protect my players. We need to digest this and then we will look ahead.’

Defender Reece James went off injured during Chelsea's clash with Brighton

Defender Reece James went off injured during Chelsea's clash with Brighton

Defender Reece James went off injured during Chelsea’s clash with Brighton

The starlet was able to walk from the field though required help from the medical staff

The starlet was able to walk from the field though required help from the medical staff

The starlet was able to walk from the field though required help from the medical staff

It spells concern for the Blues, who are still contending with the repercussions of Ben Chilwell being ruled out for the season.

After James was involved in the collision during the match, former Chelsea skipper Andy Townsend noted: ‘There’re a bit of contact, not a lot, but It looks really sore for him – that’s a big blow for Chelsea. 

The timing is tough for Chelsea, given they face title rivals Liverpool in just four days.

Speaking recently about the pile up of fixtures and the effect it has on his players, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel said: ‘The circumstances are the problem. The fixtures themselves are not the problem – because we are used to it. The players are used to it, they love to be out there and to play regularly. 

Chelsea are still dealing with the repercussions of Ben Chilwell being ruled out for the season

Chelsea are still dealing with the repercussions of Ben Chilwell being ruled out for the season

Chelsea are still dealing with the repercussions of Ben Chilwell being ruled out for the season

‘To play all the time isn’t the problem, it’s the circumstances. It’s Covid as everyone single day someone can be out and someone can be infected. 

‘So everyone is having to cope with the uncertainty. I wouldn’t call if fear but I would call it uncertainty.’

Not long after James’ exit, Chelsea were boosted by record signing Romelu Lukaku breaking the deadlock to open the scoring at 1-0.

The Belgian has now scored in consecutive matches since making his own comeback from injury, following his recent strike in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa. 

Chelsea would ultimately come undone in added time however, with Danny Welbeck snatching a draw with a header in the dying moments. 

WHO COULD LIKELY MISS THE CRUNCH LIVERPOOL MATCH?

Ben Chilwell

The England international suffered a knee injury in last month’s win over Juventus which Chelsea initially hoped could be treated without surgery but on Tuesday it was confirmed Chilwell will need an operation to repair his damaged anterior cruciate ligament. It is likely to sideline the defender for the remainder of the season and leaves Thomas Tuchel with a big void to fill at left wing-back.

Thiago Silva

After muscle problems impacted his 2020-21 campaign, Silva had managed to stay fit until he was forced off during Boxing Day’s victory over Aston Villa. The Brazilian’s withdrawal was put down to a hamstring injury which is unlikely to clear up before Liverpool travel to the capital this weekend and even if it does, can his manager risk the veteran centre-back with so many other absentees?

Reece James

The Chelsea academy graduate has been an integral part of the success Tuchel’s side have enjoyed in the last 12 months but also sustained what appeared to be a hamstring issue against Brighton. James, who has found the net on five occasions this season, had to be replaced in the 27th minute and is surely a doubt for Sunday’s match at Stamford Bridge.

Andreas Christensen

Christensen was the first Blues defender to struggle on Wednesday and had been primed to come off early with a back problem but was able to initially carry on. Eventually the Danish defender could not continue and was taken off at half-time to provide another headache for his manager before Liverpool visit.

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