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Chelsea face nervous wait on a trio for Watford with doubts from James, Jorginho and Werner

N’Golo Kante has yet to recover from a knee twist, while Mateo Kovacic is still treated for a hamstring injury.

With Ben Chilwell absent with knee ligament damage, Thomas Tuchel may have to reshuffle his squad – especially as he’s gearing up for the busy Christmas and New Years schedule.

Chelsea face matches every four days over the next month, with the final matches in the Champions League groups and the Carabao Cup quarter-finals also scheduled for December.

Romelu Lukaku’s return from an ankle injury is a welcome boost, but Tuchel is still managing the Belgian’s minutes after fearing he might be mentally and physically fatigued at the start of the season.

The Chelsea manager said: “With Romelu it’s pretty easy. It came [against United] and can continue to train. There was no reaction from his injured ankle.

“He’s stayed in training and is ready to improve with minutes and that’s where he is.

“We have players who have doubts, who maybe need a little more time with more exams to reassess the status. They are Reece James, Jorginho and Timo Werner. They all trained with us today, but there will be last minute decisions regarding all three.

But Tuchel insists he is focused on the present – including an improving Watford under Claudio Ranieri.


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