Romelu Lukaku restored to Chelsea squad after apologising to Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Romelu Lukaku has been restored to his squad for the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham after the striker apologised for an explosive interview he gave to Sky Italia.

The Belgian was dropped from the squad for Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Liverpool after criticising Tuchel’s tactics and revealing Chelsea were his fourth choice after being forced to leave Inter Milan last summer.

Tuchel was far from happy with Lukaku’s actions and the pair held a meeting at the club’s Cobham training ground on Monday.

But the German insists the issue has now been dealt with as he’s satisfied with Lukaku’s claim that the interview’s outcome was not intentional.

‘First of all, we were happy that we took the time needed to talk calmly on it. This is what we did. He apologised and he is back in the squad,’ said Tuchel.

‘It was clear for us to understand that he did not do this intentionally. Also, this is the very first time that he behaved like this.

‘There was never a slightest behaviour against the team. This was the first time we felt him this way.’

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