Di Canio sends Chelsea Juventus warning as Tuchel suffers double player blow – Football.London

Here is you football.london Chelsea morning digest on Wednesday, September 29.

Di Canio’s warning

West Ham United and Italy icon Paolo Di Canio has said that Juventus will be facing a ‘wounded’ Chelsea on Wednesday night in the Champions League following the Blues’ defeat to Manchester City.

Juve have started this season poorly but Di Canio has warned the Blues that they are getting better with every game.

“Juventus will face a wounded Chelsea after their defeat against Manchester City but they are no less aware of their strength,” Di Canio told Italian media outlet Tuttosport, via The Express.

“For the Bianconeri, it will be tough but it won’t be easy for Chelsea as well, as Juventus are getting more consistent. They can achieve a result and even a draw could be good because it would put pressure on Chelsea.”

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Kante tests positive and Mount ruled out

In his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, Thomas Tuchel was predominantly the bearer of bad news, confirming that N’Golo Kante will miss two games after being testing positive for COVID-19.

“N’Golo unfortunately tested positive, and needs to have time and follow the government protocols. He was not in training today and of course was not with the group,” the German said.

Tuchel did not confirm whether or not Kante was vaccinated, but insisted that it is a decision the club leaves up to the players.

“We are also only a reflection of society, the players are adults and it’s free choice if they want to get vaccinated or not. I think we should accept it.”

The manager also confirmed Mason Mount will miss the Champions League clash with Juventus.

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Reece James update

James limped out of the action during Chelsea’s defeat to City on Saturday following a collision with Jack Grealish after just 28 minutes.

While Tuchel revealed that James’ knock remained a painful one, he did also hint that the right-back could return within a week’s time, although that does mean he will miss both the Juventus and Southampton matches.

“Reece’s injury is still very painful and it will come down to pain management in the end,” Tuchel told his pre-match press conference.

“How much he can accept but right no we’re looking at a minimum of one more week.”

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