Thomas Tuchel has delivered positive fitness bulletins on both Edouard Mendy and N’Golo Kante ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final.
Mendy, who hurt ribs in a collision with the goalposts during Chelsea’s defeat at Aston Villa on Sunday, has undergone scans and they show nothing has been broken or seriously damaged.
‘We hope to have him back in training on Wednesday,’ said Tuchel. ‘We had a huge improvement in the management of pain. We need a further update on Wednesday.
‘Edou will play if he is fit and if he is not fit on Wednesday we will try on Thursday. And we will try on Friday and be always reasonable and take the responsibility for this decision.
‘At the same time, we have trust if he cannot make it we have a strong guy on the bench with Kepa, who will take his place.
‘So now the race is on. We are very happy, first of all, that the images don’t show that the injury is too serious. At the moment we are positive but every hour counts.
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