Chelsea player facing a month out because of injury against Malmo

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According to Daily Mail, Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is facing a month out of action because of the ankle injury he sustained in Chelsea’s Champions League win over Malmo on Wednesday night.

The Belgian striker was forced off after just 23 minutes in Chelsea’s 4-0 victory over Malmo on Wednesday night.

If Lukaku does miss four weeks – in the worst-case scenario – then he will miss Premier League games against Norwich, Newcastle and Burnley, as well as a League Cup tie with Southampton and the return fixture against Malmo.

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel insists he made the right call to start Lukaku against Malmo.

“If I knew what would happen beforehand I would not have done it but how can you know it before?” said Tuchel.

“It was necessary that Romelu was on the pitch. He started strong, I spoke to him about it, about mental fatigue carried around with him.

“But he’s our No 9 and our reference up front. And the best thing for mental fatigue is a goal. We knew we could be the dominant team with Mason (Mount) and Timo around him and him as the reference up front.

“And I had the strong belief that he could turn things around in terms of scoring and being decisive.

“He was super strong in our start and did that. He took the foul to win the first penalty, so maybe without him it’s not 2-0. I don’t regret it because it’s not a muscle injury.

“It was the moment to give him confidence and let him play and I don’t regret it.

“These things can happen and it’s bad luck. Maybe I don’t know much more than anyone else about the injuries. Romelu twisted his ankle on the foul in the box, and Timo has a hamstring injury.

“It will take a while for both of them, and we will need more examinations to be precise. But they will be out for some matches.”

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