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How Chelsea could line up against Burnley as Tuchel says Blues are in ‘trouble’ over injuries with four stars ruled out

CHELSEA will continue to operate without a natural striker against Burnely but could welcome back Mason Mount. Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner are still unavailable – as is Mateo Kovacic. That means Kai Havertz could operate as a false nine once again, just as he has done in the previous […] ...

CHELSEA will continue to operate without a natural striker against Burnely but could welcome back Mason Mount.

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner are still unavailable – as is Mateo Kovacic.

Chelsea could welcome back Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante against Burnley

That means Kai Havertz could operate as a false nine once again, just as he has done in the previous two matches.

Mount may join him in attack but only if he recovers from a tooth infection that ruled him out of the last two Chelsea games.

Speaking about injuries and of Mount’s availability, Tuchel said: “We are maybe in a little bit of trouble with players being overused or injured.

“He (Mount) lost weight and cannot eat properly, he takes medication.

“Let’s see, he is in the squad for tomorrow and can play some minutes but we need to wait for the reaction.”

Should Mount’s issue continue to trouble him it is likely Hakim Ziyech will start after scoring the winner against Malmo on Tuesday.

Hakim Ziyech and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be pushing to start after impressing in mid-week

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On the other flank Callum Hudson-Odoi should retain his place since his manager has been impressed with his recent form.

Tuchel added: “He (Hudson-Odoi) is clearly on the right way and you can see in matches how effective he is.

“I feel him very focused. He waited a long time for his chance and we need him to show consistency. He is in a good way.”

N’Golo Kante is also expected to be back for selection after missing the mid-week clash in Sweden, so could take Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s spot.

Tuchel confirmed Marcos Alonso is out after picking up an injury late in that match so Ben Chilwell and Reece James will likely operate as the two wing-backs.

The Chelsea boss has several options to choose from at the back but Trevoh Chalobah could start after penning a new four-and-a-half-year deal this week.

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