‘No regrets’ – Chelsea boss Tuchel defends decision to sell Tammy Abraham after injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner



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THOMAS Tuchel insisted he has no regrets about parting ways with Tammy Abraham this summer.

It is despite Romelu Lukaku AND Timo Werner faces several weeks of absence with injuries.

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Abraham has been in great shape since leaving ChelseaCredit: Getty
And even though star striker Lukaku is injured, Tuchel continues to sell Abraham was the right move

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And even though star striker Lukaku is injured, Tuchel continues to sell Abraham was the right moveCredit: Getty

SunSport has exclusively revealed that Lukaku could face a month’s absence after wringing his ankle against Malmö.

And Werner also faces some downtime after sustaining a hamstring injury in the same game.

But when asked if Tuchel regretted letting Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi go, he replied: “No [regrets]. Football doesn’t work like that. You cannot keep a team of 40 players.

“Do you think Tammy, Oli and Michy would be in great shape now after maybe not making the 18-man squad in the past six weeks?

“In real life you have to focus on 19 or 20 players. That’s what we do. It’s a lot of bad luck that now we have two injured players in the same position.

“We have to find solutions and we will find solutions. There is absolutely no concern for decisions.”

Abraham has made an impressive start to life at Roma after joining the club for £ 34million in the summer.

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He has scored four goals and provided two assists in 12 games for Jose Mourinho’s side.

The 24-year-old’s impressive form led to a recall from Gareth Southgate’s England squad earlier this month.

And he seized the opportunity by the skin of the neck – net in the 5-0 victory over Andorra.

Despite his stellar beginnings in the Eternal City, Tuchel insists he made the right choice in selling Abraham.

Giroud has also been sold on a permanent contract to AC Milan, while Batshuayi is on loan to Turkish club Besiktas.

This means Kai Havertz is likely to lead the line in the absence of Lukaku and Werner.

The 22-year-old scored after arriving against Malmö but faces the difficult task of keeping the Blues at the top of the Premier League.

Chelsea’s two first-choice forwards were sent off in Wednesday’s 4-0 win.

Thomas Tuchel says Romelu Lukaku is injured and will not be available in coming weeks

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