Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham picked up a knee injury during the first against Newcastle United and the forward had to be eventually taken off in the 20th minute.
Tammy Abraham did try to carry on after being on the receiving end of a crunch challenge but he felt uncomfortable and Thomas Tuchel did not want to take any chances. The manager though could not provide any major update on the injury, putting the forward in immediate doubt for Chelsea’s weekend clash vs Southampton.
The manager said after the game: ‘There is not yet an update. It’s a worry because we needed to take him off so early and after a hard tackle.
‘So we are worried, but there is no news so far.
‘We had the feeling that this was a reckless tackle. He played the ball, but for me the defender takes too much of a risk of an injury for the opponent and for me because of that it’s a foul, because it’s reckless.
‘But I don’t like to criticise, it was just something to discuss with the fourth official.’
Now according to Matt Law of The Telegraph, the injury sustained by Tammy Abraham is not too serious and he’s not expected to be on the sidelines for too long.
The Telegraph wrote on Twitter: “Chelsea optimistic that striker Tammy Abraham will not be out of action for long after appearing not to suffer serious ankle damage against Newcastle on Monday.”
Chelsea optimistic that striker Tammy Abraham will not be out of action for long after appearing not to suffer serious ankle damage against Newcastle on Monday – @Matt_Law_DT https://t.co/SEMNtmRDPJ pic.twitter.com/QRz9dJ2imM
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) February 16, 2021
This will be a huge sigh of relief for Thomas Tuchel but Abraham is not going to be fit in time to face Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday. Olivier Giroud replaced the England international on Monday and the Frenchman will once again start up front against the Saints.
But the real headache for Tuchel will be Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid next week and then there’s a key Premier League game vs Manchester United.
Tammy Abraham will be very useful for these two big matches but we will have to see how long the forward will remain on the sidelines for.