Tuchel reveals three players uncertain for FA Cup tie at Middlesbrough and reacts to Reece James’s England call-up

Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he has three players facing late fitness tests ahead of our FA Cup quarter-final tie at Middlesbrough.

The Blues were without Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi for our midweek Champions League win in Lille, while Andreas Christensen limped off in the first half.

That trio of Academy graduates are all doubtful for the trip to Teesside, with the team set to train later on Friday afternoon at our Cobham training base.

‘We have Reece, Callum and Andreas Christensen uncertain,’ the boss revealed at his customary pre-match media briefing, which was delivered with journalists in the room.

They are in training but not in full training yesterday so let’s see. We still some checks to do and it can be a very tight race, maybe too close.’

James was named in the latest England squad on Friday morning, a decision that left Tuchel wasn’t entirely expecting given the defender has only played 147 minutes of football this calendar year.

‘Yes and no,’ he answered when asked if he was surprised at the call-up. ‘I would always call Reece up no matter what if I was the head coach of the England national team so I’m not surprised.

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