Thomas Tuchel explains handicap Tammy Abraham situation

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Tammy Abraham hasn’t featured for Chelsea since mid-February, and he has now found himself out of the Chelsea team since getting injured back in February.

The 23-year-old striker has found game time hard to get, as Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has often relied on Timo Werner and playing Kai Havertz as a false nine.

Meanwhile, ahead of the game against Crystal Palace this weekend, Tuchel has explained why Abraham hasn’t been playing of late and then urged him to prove himself and make a return to the team.

“Tammy has had a rough time recently but he is working hard,” Tuchel said at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.

“He started two or three times and was substituted for tactical reasons, then he got injured and lost a bit of the connection that he had so now he has to play for his place in the squad.

“Suddenly we are in the decisive part of the season where it’s not so easy to bring injured players into the squad when they return. We have a full squad now, with 22 players on the training pitch every day and it’s difficult to pick only 18 players for each Premier League match.

“We have only three changes in each game and it’s a big handicap because it’s very difficult in the offensive positions to make an impact in a small amount of minutes but it is possible and it’s up to Tammy to do everything possible.”

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