Both Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner picked up injuries in the first half of the Malmo game on Wednesday. Despite their injuries, the boss has explained why he doesn’t regret starting any of them.
“If I knew before [he’d get injured] I wouldn’t have done it [started him]. But you can’t know it before and it was necessary that he was on the pitch and he started very strong,” Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports of Romelu Lukaku after the Malmo game.
“I spoke with him about the situation, that I think he carries a bit of mental fatigue around with him. I think that is also normal but he is our number nine and is our reference upfront.
“It’s not a muscle injury or because of physical fatigue. He is a little bit overplayed, this is my opinion and maybe I’m not even right.”
“But this was a moment to give him confidence and let him play. I don’t regret it, things like this can happen. It was bad luck.
“Romelu twisted his ankle with the foul in the box and Timo has a hamstring injury. It will take a while for both of them.
“We need more examinations to be more precise but they will be out for some matches.”
Meanwhile, their exact recovery dates are not known yet. However, it is extremely likely they’ll miss the Norwich game this weekend.
It means Thomas Tuchel will have to be creative with his selection upfront, with no fit strikers remaining in the squad