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Timo Werner to miss Chelsea FA Cup clash as Thomas Tuchel confirms injury blow

Striker Timo Werner will miss Chelsea’s FA Cup fifth round clash with Championship side Barnsley at Oakwell on Thursday evening, head coach Thomas Tuchel has confirmed.

The Germany international, who joined the Blues from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig last June, was forced off with 15 minutes remaining of Sunday night’s 2-1 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

After claiming the assist for Mason Mount’s opener and then winning the penalty for Jorginho to restore Chelsea’s lead following Antonio Rudiger’s forgettable own-goal, the striker was forced off in the latter stages of the contest, before being spotted with heavy strapping around his left thigh.

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Tuchel confirmed after the game that it was nothing more than a dead leg, suggesting that he would not require a spell on the sidelines, which was music to the ears of Chelsea fans after he had produced his best performance for a while.

However, Werner is still struggling with the problem, meaning he has been ruled out of the trip to Oakwell.

“It is still painful with contact so we didn’t risk it today and we will not risk it tomorrow,” said Tuchel.

“He had a huge impact on our games so that’s why we are a bit sad because it would have been also possible to just keep going his momentum and give him a chance to find the net.

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“We could have risked it but the decision stands and it is hopefully now for him to recover and be back on Monday.”

In truth, had Werner been fit and available for selection it is unlikely that he would have been named in the starting line-up, with Tuchel poised to ring changes for the clash with the Championship side, who famously beat the Blues 1-0 in their last meeting at Oakwell, all the way back in March 2008.

Tuchel continued: “If we play in any competition, we play to win it. So every round in any cup competition is the most important round.

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