Thomas Tuchel has provided an injury update on Mason Mount after he picked up a knock in Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Fulham.
Kai Havertz bagged a brace, a goal in either half, to move Chelsea within touching distance of securing Champions League next season.
Chelsea made five changes to the side that drew with Real on Tuesday as Mount partnered up with Billy Gilmour in the midfield.
Tuchel was delighted with the win, adding: “We knew Fulham gives everyone a hard time. They make you under-perform and they make you suffer. You cannot get confused with the table.
Thomas Tuchel offers Mason Mount injury update following Fulham win
Mason Mount offered a cause for concern in the second half after he hurt his back after falling awkwardly following an aerial challenge with Mario Lemina.
He was eventually brought off for Tammy Abraham and Tuchel is hoping he will be available for selection against Real for the second leg on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.
“I hope really that Mason [Mount] is not a big thing and hopefully he can fully recover for Real Madrid.”
Kai Havertz makes desperate selection plea to Thomas Tuchel ahead of Real Madrid clash
Kai Havertz is hoping to start for Chelsea against Real Madrid on Wednesday night in the Champions League.
The 21-year-old netted twice for Chelsea against Fulham in their 2-0 win after being recalled to the starting eleven.
Chelsea moved closer to clinching a top four spot but their attention has shifted to their semi-final second leg clash against Real on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.
Havertz recognised the importance of beating Fulham and is now eyeing to start against the Spanish side.
“I think it [beating Fulham] was very important,” said Havertz.
“We have to come in the top four of the Premier League, that is our goal for the season and this win today is crucial for us. Then, on Wednesday we have another important game so we’re happy with the win.
“I scored very early so it gave me a little bit of confidence, it is always good to score and I’m happy to help the team. I hope I can continue like this on Wednesday.”
Rudiger and Kovacic Injury Update
Tuchel expects the German to return against the Spanish giants but is set to wear a face mask for the second leg.
“I think Toni can play with a mask and the guys on the bench will be fit for Wednesday.”
Kovacic remains a major doubt for Chelsea as he continues to recover from a hamstring problem.
“It might be too close for Mateo but we still have hope.”