Chelsea have been handed a double injury boost ahead of the Champions League final as both N’Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy trained this afternoon at Cobham, football.london understands.
Kante missed the weekend defeat to Aston Villa with a hamstring problem sustained in the victory against Leicester City. The 30-year-old was brought off in the first half of the victory over the Foxes, although Thomas Tuchel did stress the injury wasn’t serious.
Mendy, meanwhile, was substituted at half time of Sunday’s loss at Villa Park. The Senegal international injured his ribs on the frame of the goal while attempting to deny Bertrand Traore’s 43rd-minute opener.
When speaking at a press conference on Monday, Tuchel said he hoped to have the duo back in training today as Chelsea prepare for the final against Man City in Porto on Saturday.
“With N’Golo nothing has changed,” Tuchel said. “I think about changing my tactics now and stop asking about N’Golo.
“I’ll just put him on the pitch in Wednesday training and don’t ask anymore. If there are any problems we will just put him in training and put him on the pitch when the game starts on Saturday.
“Maybe I won’t start to the doctors and physios so I don’t hear doubts or complaints or nothing. Maybe I have to think about the tactics. It looks good and I hope it stays like this.”
On Mendy, Tuchel added: “The latest update is we still have hope that he joins training on Wednesday, that he joins the group.
“He has made a huge improvement in his management of pain and so we need further updates on Wednesday. We hope to have him back then.”
Chelsea’s players were given the day off yesterday to mentally rest ahead of the final. They returned to Cobham this morning to work on the game plan to overcome City that has been devised by Tuchel.
And football.london understands that both Kante and Mendy were involved in the session, which will be a huge boost for Tuchel and for the Blues’ chances of overcoming Pep Guardiola’s side.
Chelsea will again train at Cobham tomorrow and then fly out to Portugal for the final. The Blues will then undertake a training session at the Estadio Dragao on Friday evening, some of which will be open to the media.