Lukaku OUT of Chelsea's clash v Southampton, Azpilicueta has Covid

Romelu Lukaku is OUT of Chelsea’s trip to Southampton through injury while Cesar Azpilicueta tests positive for Covid… leaving both at risk of missing the Champions League quarter-final second leg with Real Madrid

  • Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku is out of the squad to face Southampton through injury
  • Thomas Tuchel is expecting a positive reaction having lost his last two matches
  • Cesar Azpilicueta is also absent from the team after testing positive for Covid-19
  • Both could miss the second leg against Real Madrid in the Champions League 

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has been ruled out of his side’s clash with Southampton through injury, as captain Cesar Azpilicueta is also absent having tested positive for Covid-19.

The Blues take on Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon, with Tuchel looking to bounce back from back-to-back defeats against Brentford and Real Madrid, respectively.

Lukaku, 28, has picked up a suspected achilles injury and is now expected to miss the return leg of Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final second leg in the Spanish capital against Los Blancos.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says Romelu Lukaku is absent with a suspected achilles injury

Lukaku has endured a difficult time since his return to Chelsea from Inter Milan last summer

The Belgium international has endured a difficult time at Stamford Bridge since returning to the club from Inter Milan last summer for a club record £97.5million. 

Following his infamous and controversial Sky Italia interview at the end of 2021, he was axed from the squad for their next fixture against Liverpool and fined by the club before subsequently returning, but ever since that infamous interview his struggles have been evident.

Lukaku has netted just 12 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions so far this campaign.



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