Chelsea were without the services of midfielder Ngolo Kante during their 5-2 home loss to West Brom over the weekend. A defeat that saw them slip out of the top four places on the Premier League table.
The Blues will look to put memories of that defeat behind them when they take on Porto in Seville tonight.
Ahead of the first leg of their Champions League Quarter final clash with FC Porto, head coach, Thomas Tuchel provided some vital team news.
In his pre-Porto press conference, Tuchel confirmed that three players with some doubts over their fitness will be available for the match on Wednesday.
Notable among them is N’Golo Kante who missed the weekend defeat to West Brom due to a minor muscular injury sustained while on international duty with France. The diminutive powerhouse trained with the squad and is fit enough to make the bench for tonight’s crunch clash with Porto.
Christian Pulisic was taken off at half-time having felt some discomfort in his hamstring, but would be available for selection having trained with the team on Tuesday.
Also returning to the fold is long-term absentee, Tammy Abraham who has not been involved in any of the past eight matches.
Speaking to the press on Tuesday evening, Tuchel said:
‘They are fit enough to be in the squad and will be in the squad so this is good news. Christian went out right before the injury could happen. He said at half-time he felt if he continued it would be an injury coming so we had to take him off.
On the availability of Ngolo Kante, he said:
‘Tammy is in the squad and NG [Kante] just did the last test and will be on the bench. He feels very comfortable and comfortable enough to be on the bench.’
‘He’s in the running and in the squad,’ added Tuchel of his experienced centre-forward. ‘He’s absolutely excited to return to Sevilla and play there so it gives him a good feeling.
‘He’s been very strong for us in the Champions League and he has history in Sevilla scoring many goals in this campaign.
The Chelsea boss expressed his delight in having a full squad to pick from. He also reckoned that he would have some decisions to make regarding team selection.
‘I’m super happy because today is the first time everybody is back in training so this is what you want. We will have some major decisions to take and I have the feeling that we’re absolutely ready for tomorrow’s game.’
UEFA Champions League Quarter final (first leg) fixtures/results
Porto vs Chelsea
PSG vs Bayern Munich