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Thomas Tuchel gives injury update on Mendy and Kante ahead of Champions League final

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has given updates on N’Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy’s injury ahead of their Champions League final match against Manchester City.

‘The situation has not changed with N’Golo in the sense we are still waiting, but it is looking good that he will return to training on Wednesday,’ confirmed Tuchel.

‘I feel like maybe my tactic with him will change, and I will just put him into training on Wednesday! He is looking good and I hope he stays like that for Saturday. We will know more on Wednesday.

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‘With Edou, the update is that we still have hope that he will join in with training on Wednesday with the group.

‘He made a huge improvement with the management of pain from when the injury happened, which is good but of course, we will need a further update on Wednesday. We hope to have him back.

‘If he is fit, then Edou will play. We will give him plenty of chances to prove his fitness on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. The race is on.

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‘If he cannot play, we will of course be sensible and not take the risk but we also know that we have strong competition from the guys behind and Kepa will take his place if he is not fit.’

After such a grueling campaign for his players, Tuchel has said he will use this week to assess how best to approach Saturday’s final and hopes to give his squad a ‘mental break’ ahead of another huge fixture.

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