Tuchel confirms duo return to Chelsea squad for Everton game

Kante came off injured during last month’s win over Juventus, and Chalobah suffered a similar fate when we beat Watford a fortnight ago. However, Tuchel was pleased to confirm their return, which means now just Mateo Kovacic and Ben Chilwell remain out.

‘NG will be back on the bench tomorrow,’ confirmed the boss.

‘He did the last two training sessions. Trevoh also did the last two sessions and will also be back in the squad.’

Kovacic’s period of self-isolation is due to end in the next couple of days, and Tuchel considered what state he and Kante will likely return in after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

‘We need to see. Mateo has been out for seven or eight weeks with injury and then Covid.

‘It’s one thing to have NG back on the bench, and one thing to get Mateo back at the end of the week, but does that mean this is really NG, really Mateo? I doubt that. That would mean it would not be necessary to be constantly in training.

‘It will take a while, but it will be a good day for us when both of them are available.’