Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner both will miss a few matches after being injured in the 4-0 Champions League victory over Malmo, confirmed manager Thomas Tuchel

In the first half, Lukaku twisted his ankle in a tackle that resulted in a penalty, while Werner injured his hamstring while sprinting.

“It’ll take a bit for both of them,” Tuchel added, “and we’ll need further exams to be precise.”

“They’ll be out for a few games.”

Chelsea’s next five games are against Norwich City, Southampton in the Carabao Cup, Newcastle, Malmo, and Burnley.

The signing of the record Lukaku, 28, has not scored in seven matches for Chelsea after scoring four goals in his first four matches.

“If I knew what would happen beforehand I would not have done it (started the pair), but how can you know it before?” said Tuchel.

“It was necessary that Romelu was on the pitch. He started strong, I spoke to him about it, about mental fatigue carried around with him.
“But he’s our number nine and our reference upfront. And the best thing for mental fatigue is a goal.

“He took the foul to win the first penalty so maybe without him it’s not 2-0.”

Andreas Christensen put Chelsea ahead and Jorginho scored two penalties – either side of a Kai Havertz goal.

German Werner, 25, has only scored twice in 10 games this season.

Tuchel said: “The race is on, the guys who start against Norwich have our trust and we will try to find new solutions.

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