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Tuchel issues Rudiger and Kovacic injury latest

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Toni Rudiger and Mateo Kovacic remain out for this weekend’s game against West Ham.

The boss broke the injury news at his press conference at Cobham on Friday afternoon. Rudiger’s absence in particular is a blow, as Tuchel had said prior to the Arsenal defeat he hoped he would be able to call on his compatriot for our third London derby in a row.

‘Both of them are not back for Sunday’s match, but also no other [new] injuries,’ said Tuchel.

After our midweek loss to Arsenal, the Blues remain five points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham. Tuchel was asked if he felt secure in the top four.

‘We never feel secure in the Premier League, this is my personal feeling,’ he replied.

‘Nobody should, ever. Feeling secure does not keep you on the edge and feeling secure does not keep you fully alert.

‘I never feel safe in any part of the season and nobody should in the Premier League.’

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