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
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
‘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.