Lukaku fit to play as Rudiger and Silva miss Chelsea trip to Brentford

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Romelu Lukaku will be standing in for Chelsea as his fitness has been confirmed from earlier doubts.

The Belgium international striker was substituted due to muscle fatigue and was a doubt for the Premier League leaders’ short hop across west London.

As it may, Blues boss, Tuchel said during a pre-match news conference that: “Romelu is fine, had all training sessions, he will play tomorrow.”

About other players, Rudiger is not fit due to back pain, Hakim Ziyech is battling with headaches while Christian Pulisic remains out.

“Toni Rudiger came back injured from the national team, Christian Pulisic is still injured, we have doubts of Ziyech – he missed two sessions with a headache,” Tuchel said.

Centre-back Silva is also absent, having featured in Brazil’s 4-1 World Cup qualifying win over Uruguay on Thursday night.

“He will be back in the afternoon hopefully safe from this match in Brazil,” Tuchel said of Silva.

“We had our talk today about Brentford, we had our tactical talk, he missed all that. He played 90 minutes, had all that travelling, he is not available. 

Going further, he added that: “Of course, I’m not happy, but I knew before when he will come back, when he will travel. I got used to a lot of stuff in national breaks, this is how it is. Are we happy all the coaches with the games players play for their countries? No, they [are] not. Do they ask us anything? No. I knew it before.

“We speak about it during UEFA coaches meetings. The calendar, you have to accept it.

“I’m not even too frustrated about it, but I think it’s too many games, too many competitions for the top players in the clubs. The game is for the players, for the spectators, and spectators want the best players on the pitch, healthy and hungry, and we cannot always provide it if you play so many games in so many competitions.

“Given we only have three [substitute] changes, unlike five in other leagues, it’s a big thing we have to cope with.

“I’m actually not too frustrated, I know what’s coming, I know when the next international break is coming, we try to do our best in every international break.” he concluded.