Chelsea receive double Covid boost after beating Brentford in Carabao Cup

In pictures: Brentford v Chelsea

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that his squad got a bit bigger ahead of the Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Boxing Day. It comes after the Blues emerged victorious against Brentford in the Carabao Cup.

Chelsea have received a timely boost after Romelu Lukaku and Callum Hudson-Odoi returned negative Covid tests.

It means the two will be added to the squad to face Aston Villa on Boxing Day to give Tuchel some more options going into the contest.

The German coach revealed the news in light of their 2-0 win over Brentford in the Carabao Cup after fielding three teenage debutants.

Harvey Vale, Xavier Simons and Jude Soonsup-Bell were handed starts against the Bees yet they needed an own goal from Pontus Jansson and a Jorginho penalty to claim victory.

Injuries and Covid have hit the Blues hard over the past few weeks during a dreary December that has seen them win just one in five previous to Wednesday night’s match vs Brentford.

Chelsea take on Aston Villa but Tuchel has revealed that Lukaku and Hudson-Odoi could be back in the squad, while also weaning back midfield trio Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante.

When asked about availability for Boxing Day, he said: “If I understand correctly it will be a negative test first of all, I believe we had a negative test for Romelu and Callum.”

That gives Chelsea a huge double boost going into the match against Steven Gerrard’s men, who has had a bright start to management in the Premier League.

But Tuchel will likely be going into the match with many of his top stars returning at just the right time ahead of a busy January.

The semi-final draw for the Carabao Cup has paired them with London rivals Tottenham with the first leg set to go ahead at Stamford Bridge.

However, it remains to be seen whether the scheduled second leg will happen amid growing tensions over fixtures and Covid.

If it does go ahead as planned, it will mean Chelsea will face Spurs twice, as well as Liverpool and Manchester City in January.

With the Blues losing their top spot in the Premier League in December, this could be a make-or-break month for Tuchel.

But the German coach is confident while it will be a first return to Stamford Bridge for former boss Antonio Conte.

Tuchel said: “Tottenham is nice for our fans. A London derby, we are looking forward to it and we want to be there.

“I am absolutely happy about this result, a brilliant result and a brilliant performance given the situation.”

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