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The Belgium striker had scans on the issue before returning from international duty this week – but has trained without problems this week and is set to lead Thomas Tuchel’s attack.

Chelsea’s manager confirmed: “Maybe he had some problems, but he came back two days ago and yesterday he trained with us and today he trained fully no problem. So no problem there at all.”

N’Golo Kante will miss the game after failing to overcome an ankle injury suffered against Liverpool before the international break, but it is hoped he will be back for Tuesday’s Champions League tie against Zenit.

Christian Pulisic is also out with an ankle problem picked up with the USA – ruling him out for 10 days.

Thiago Silva is also a doubt as Chelsea try secure clearance for the centre back to play after Brazil asked FIFA to invoke a five-day ban due to his failure to report for international duty.

He is one of several Premier League players who could be forced to miss out this weekend.

Tuchel revealed his frustrations over the situation, which has resulted from English clubs preventing their players from heading to South America because they would have to quarantine on return to the UK.

Tuchel said: “I don’t understand it and it makes no sense from whatever side you look at it. Did it make sense for the Brazilian national team? No, they didn’t have the player. Did it make sense for us? No, because we are no in danger he can’t play the next two matches because of a ban.

“If we had sent him, he would’ve been out for 10 days in a hotel room, not able to train. I understand in this moment because these are the travel restrictions, there’s no way to go around it and nobody wants that.

“The solutions and discussion where we end up right now, I don’t know any fan or anybody who is involved in this game can really understand the positive effect. There is simply none. The chairman is still in negotiations and I’m still hoping and positive. He is not out yet officially.”


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