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Thomas Tuchel provides Andreas Christensen’s injury update.

Thomas Tuchel provides Andreas Christensen’s injury update.

Thomas Tuchel provides Andreas Christensen's injury update.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel states that he believes Andreas Christensen will be out for a matter of days rather than weeks after the center-back limped off in the 2-1 win at Man City on Saturday.

Christensen overstretched when trying to cut out a long ball in the build-up to City’s first goal late in the first half at the Etihad, with Gabriel Jesus cinching onto the loose ball and squaring for Raheem Sterling to hit it home.

The Dane went down grabbing his hamstring and seemed in some pain. After some lengthy treatment, he was taken off and substituted by Kurt Zouma.

Christensen has been in powerful form in the second half of the campaign, fitting as a key figure in Tuchel’s back three beside some variety of Toni Rudiger, Thiago Silva, and Cesar Azpilicueta.

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With The Blues resurgence since the German took over Stamford Bridge seeing them reach the finals of both the FA Cup and the Champions League, and victory against Pep Guardiola City lifting Chelsea up to third in the Premier League, there is a tremendous amount at stake in the final few weeks of the summer, and Christensen would be a pivotal absentee.

Speaking after the victory, Tuchel admitted it had been a risk to play the 25-year-old in the first place but was confident his defender would be back sooner rather than later.

“I hope it’s not too bad,” he told Chelsea TV. “It’s more or less the same [injury] that he suffered some weeks ago around Porto games, I think, where we had to replace him.

“It was a 50/50 decision today [Saturday] whether we wanted to put him on the pitch or not. I hope we did not make a mistake. Because he’s so crucial for us in the last weeks — so, so strong.

“I hope we can escape with some days [of absence] and not weeks. But I’m not sure yet, I have no confirmation yet.”

The Blues host Gunners on Wednesday, before the FA Cup final against Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, as the huge games just keep on knocking.

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Thomas Tuchel provides Andreas Christensen’s injury update.

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