Team News: Thomas Tuchel provides fresh injury update ahead of UCL clash with Zenit

Chelsea travel to Russia to face Zenit St. Petersburg in their last UCL game tomorrow as they look to cement their status as group leaders heading into the knockout stages.

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Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel spoke to the media this afternoon ahead of the tie and he brought both good news and bad news from the fitness desk.

The Blues boss confirmed that Matteo Kovacic returned to training yesterday following a hamstring injury that kept him out for over a month but the Croat will still be unavailable as he is presently isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.

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Jorginho is also out of the clash with Zenit as Tuchel has confirmed that the midfielder is currently out with a back pain.

Another midfielder who is also set to miss the trip to Zenit St. Petersburg is N’golo Kanté who has been out with a knee injury with no date fixed for his return yet.

Kai Havertz is set to travel to Russia though, as the German has recovered from a knock he sustained in the first half of the 3-2 loss to West Ham on Saturday but Trevoh Chalobah is still among the list of absentees as the 22-year old is yet to recover from a hamstring injury he sustained last week against Watford.