Thomas Tuchel provides updates on Mount, Azpilicueta & more ahead of Lille


Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has provided a fitness update on the club's squad, ahead of their fast-approaching showdown with LOSC Lille.

In quotes released late on Sunday evening, the German tactician has unveiled the latest on a trio of players to have missed out on the club's Premier League derby clash with Crystal Palace yesterday afternoon.

First on the agenda were Cesar Azpilicueta and Callum Hudson-Odoi, both last-minute scratches from the matchday squad at Selhurst Park.

Tuchel, though, remains hopeful that the pair will recover in time to play at least some part in Chelsea's Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with French outfit Lille on Tuesday night:

Looking certain to miss out on the Pensioners' return to European action, on the other hand, is Mason Mount.

After picking up an ankle injury during the Club World Cup final triumph over Palmeiras, English international Mount remains on the treatment table at Stamford Bridge.

Ziyech makes the difference

Tuchel's troops, of course, will head into the club's clash with Lille with spirits high in the camp, on the back of a last-gasp victory on Saturday afternoon.

After sealing glory at the Club World Cup, as alluded to above, Chelsea made the trip to south London, for a Premier League derby meeting with Crystal Palace.

And, on the back of a tense affair, the Blues ultimately emerged with all three points, courtesy of a last-gasp strike on the part of wide-man Hakim Ziyech:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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