Thomas Tuchel issues fitness update on Antonio Rudiger ahead of West Ham clash

Thomas Tuchel issues fitness update on Antonio Rudiger ahead of West Ham clash

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that key center-back Antonio Rudiger has missed out on their home tie with Arsenal through injury, with the German defender touch and go for the next London derby against West Ham.

Rudiger was nowhere to be seen when the Chelsea line up was announced, leading to speculation as to why he missed out. Fellow center-back Thiago Silva was also omitted from the starting XI, but was listed among the substitutes.

And Tuchel was quick to allay concerns about Rudiger, telling Sky Sports that he picked up an injury during the 2-0 FA Cup semi-final win against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

‘It is groin pain a little, minor injury. I hope, and the doctors told me today is unfortunately too soon, but he will be close for the West Ham game ‘, the Chelsea boss said.

Rudiger’s final Chelsea games?

The end of this season could prove to be the final games of Rudiger’s Chelsea career, with the center-backs contract running out this summer and there having been no headway in new negotiations.

Meanwhile the uncertainty around the new Chelsea owners following Roman Abramovich’s sanctions means that no new contracts can be discussed while that remains unclear.

This has left the German in limbo, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and even Manchester United linked with adding him to their sides on a free transfer upon leaving Chelsea. It would be a sad end to the career of the German in west London, who has been one of the best defenders in the English top-flight since Thomas Tuchel took over.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D. P.
1 Liverpool FC 32 61 76
2 Manchester City 31 52 74
3 Chelsea FC 30 41 62
4 Tottenham Hotspur 32 18 57
5 Arsenal FC 31 8 54
6 Manchester United 33 4 54
7 West Ham United 33 9 52
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 5 49
9 Leicester City 30 -4 40
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 32 -8 40
11 Brentford FC 33 -8 39
12 Southampton FC 32 -14 39
13 Crystal Palace 31 3 37
14 Newcastle United 32 -19 37
15 Aston Villa 31 -4 36
16 Leeds United 32 -30 33
17 Everton FC 30 -19 28
18 Burnley FC 31 -19 25
19 Watford FC 32 -32 22
20 Norwich City 32 -44 21
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 22
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 17
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 14
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mahrez, Riyadh Manchester City 11
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 11
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 11
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 10
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 10
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 10
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Raphinha Leeds United 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 10
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 10
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 9
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9

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