The Chelsea players ruled out of Leeds United clash

Thomas Tuchel is missing a trio of Chelsea players as he prepares his side to face Leeds United.
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But more troubling to Chelsea fans than the prospect of losing Tuchel on the touchline is the injury which forced star player N’Golo Kanté off the pitch in the 84th minute of the 2-2 draw.

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Since the 31-year-old has been a mainstay of the Blues for several seasons, the development came as a huge blow to Tuchel – who revealed in his pre-match press conference that the Elland Road contest will be the first of many in which he will have to reshuffle his midfield.

“Quite serious,” Tuchel said of Kanté’s injury. “We’re talking about weeks. So not good news.

"We are disappointed and sad because N’Golo was super important and was super fit. He will be out for several weeks."

While Kanté’s thigh issue poses the greatest problem to Tuchel, it’s not the only adjustment the Chelsea boss will be forced to contend with on Sunday.

Chelsea's coach Thomas Tuchel (L) speaks with Chelsea's midfielder Mateo Kovacic (C) and midfielder N'Golo Kante during the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup final football match between Brazil's Palmeiras and England's Chelsea at Mohammed Bin Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi, on February 12, 2022. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)Chelsea's coach Thomas Tuchel (L) speaks with Chelsea's midfielder Mateo Kovacic (C) and midfielder N'Golo Kante during the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup final football match between Brazil's Palmeiras and England's Chelsea at Mohammed Bin Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi, on February 12, 2022. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)
Chelsea's coach Thomas Tuchel (L) speaks with Chelsea's midfielder Mateo Kovacic (C) and midfielder N'Golo Kante during the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup final football match between Brazil's Palmeiras and England's Chelsea at Mohammed Bin Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi, on February 12, 2022. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)
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"Armando [Broja] will be out for days and cannot come with us to Leeds,” Tuchel said.

"Mateo Kovacic as well, he's still out with knee problems.”

Three players are definitely unavailable this weekend, while the Whites clash may also come too soon for US international Christian Pulisic.

"Pulisic had Achilles problems but he trained today,” Tuchel revealed. “So let’s see.”