‘It’s better than we first feared’ — Tuchel’s update on Andreas Christensen

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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen seemed to have suffered a bad injury in the 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Saturday.

The Dane international fell awkwardly while trying to clear the ball, and couldn’t continue the game.

Thomas Tuchel had feared that Christensen will be out until the end of the season. However, after being scanned, the Chelsea manager has now revealed that the injury isn’t as worse as first feared and harbours hopes that Christensen could return before the end of the season.

Tuchel said in his press conference: “It was much better than we feared. We hope that he can come back in one of the two Leicester games. It will also be a tough one, but the season’s not finished for him hopefully. We have realistic hopes that he can make his comeback, at the latest, against Aston Villa.

“Andreas was crucial in the matches when he played. We missed him for a few games around the Porto game because of hamstring problems and now he has a tendon problem. He is crucial in the back three, he gives us a lot of options because he can play all three positions and he’s very calm, but don’t misjudge him for being calm, he is a very tough one to play against.

“He uses his body very well, he is very strong in individual duels, he is good on the ball. The role in the back three suits him very well and I was very impressed by his performances. Now we got a big relief yesterday when the images were given and were not what we expected in the worst case. So we have realistic hopes that his season is not finished.”

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