Thomas Tuchel confirms double Chelsea injury blow ahead of Aston Villa clash
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that the Blues will be without N'Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic for the Aston Villa game.
Kante sustained a hamstring injury against Liverpool before the international break. He has not recovered in time for tomorrow's clash.
Meanwhile, Pulisic picked up an ankle injury on USA duty. He has returned with crutches and could be out for around 10 days.
Tuchel confirmed the duo's absence in his pre-match press conference while also admitting doubts over Thiago Silva's availability.
Silva has been banned by FIFA from five days, starting from today, having not travelled for the international games with Brazil.
The Blues are currently fourth in the league standings with seven points.
They were hugely impressive last month. Before the international break, they picked up a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Liverpool with 10 men.
Chelsea failed to beat Villa in both meetings last term. They suffered a 2-1 defeat on the final matchday. They will be keen to make amends.