Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel unsure if Rudiger & Kovacic will be fit to face Real Madrid

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel unsure if Rudiger & Kovacic will be fit to face Real Madrid

Chelsea vs Fulham

Chelsea are set to face off with capital rivals, Fulham, on Saturday afternoon.

The tie, of course, comes in the middle of the Blues’ two Champions League semi-final meetings with Real Madrid.

So, you may perhaps expect Thomas Tuchel to make a number of changes for the game at Stamford Bridge, especially given Fulham are currently in the relegation zone.

However, Chelsea are at present just three points above 5th place, and the Fulham game, on paper, is a must-win given how tough the Londoners’ end-of-season run-in is.

After facing off with Scott Parker’s side, Chelsea have league meetings with Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester City and then Aston Villa.

Therefore, three points against a side seven points from safety with five games remaining is almost a necessity for Chelsea.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel unsure if Rudiger & Kovacic will be fit to face Real Madrid

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 15: Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea runs with the ball past Joe Willock of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on February 15, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Chris Lee – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Rudiger & Kovacic out of Fulham tie & doubts for Real Madrid

Prior to Saturday’s game, Thomas Tuchel would hold his pre-match press conference on Friday.

When doing so, the German would deliver some rather concerning news on the personnel front.

Both Mateo Kovacic and Antonio Rudiger are set to miss the game with Fulham this weekend.

Perhaps more concerningly, though, the German went to on state that he is unsure if either will be back to face Real Madrid next week. Rudiger is said to be the more likely to return of the duo:

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