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How Chelsea could line up against Norwich with NO striker after injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner


CHELSEA boss Thomas Tuchel is facing a striker crisis ahead of Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Norwich.

Both record signing Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner hobbled off injured in Chelsea’s 4-0 Champions League win against Malmo on Wednesday.


Lukaku was forced off with a twisted ankle[/caption]


Werner – who started – also had to go off, but isn’t expected to be out of action for long[/caption]

Havertz COULD start up front in place of injured strikers Werner and Lukaku

If neither are fit for this weekend, Chelsea will be WITHOUT a recognised striker.

Tuchel confirmed the pair had picked up knocks after the game.

The German told BT Sport: “We have a twist of the ankle for Romelu, and muscle injury and hamstring for Timo, so they will be some days out I guess.

“Normally we are in a good place injury wise, only Christian Pulisic is out, but we miss everybody.

“We have a lot of games, lot of competitions, so now we have to deal and find solutions, no excuses.

“The two were in good shape, they are dangerous and can create and score so now we need to find solutions and guys who waited for their chance need to step up and score.

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

‘We have won games before with Werner and Lukaku, we don’t want these problems too often but it happens during a season.”

Champions League hero Kai Havertz could come into the startling line-up and play up front after scoring in Wednesday’s win.

And Callum Hudson-Odoi could also start, playing off the right-hand side.

Tuchel could even opt for forgotten man Hakim Ziyech to help Mason Mount in the playmaking department.

Reece James could also come back into the starting line-up, pushing club captain Cesar Azpilicueta into the back three.

It looks like Christian Pulisic will not be available for the Blues, with the American still ‘suffering’ from his knee injury.

Alternatively, Tuchel could hand Ruben Loftus-Cheek a rare start.

Loftus-Cheek could get a chance to shine against league strugglers Norwich

Loftus-Cheek has had his fair share of injury struggles and loan spells over the years, and hasn’t really lived up to his potential.

Saturday’s game against league strugglers Norwich could be a good opportunity for him to shine.

Andreas Christensen could also keep his place in the starting line-up after his goal scoring exploits in Europe.

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