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Tuchel explains Mount substitution after injury scare

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After a convincing win over Fulham, the Chelsea boss responded to fears over a potential injury scare for Mount.

Thomas Tuchel has eased Mason Mount injury fears ahead of a decisive second leg between Chelsea and Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.

Mount fell awkwardly on his back during Chelsea’s 2-0 derby win over Fulham at Stamford Bridge. Therefore, Tuchel replaced him with Tammy Abraham in the 76th-minute of the match.

The German coach, however, insists he just played it safe with Mount and expects the midfielder to be available on Wednesday.

“It was my decision to take him off,” said Tuchel on the club’s website after the west London derby win.

“There was not any doctor or physio who told me to take him off. I saw him landing hard, but it was the moment anyway when we wanted to take him off if we had the chance, at around 70 minutes.

“So there was a bit of playing it safe with him, but I haven’t been given any new information about a problem for him, so he should be fine for Wednesday.”

Two goals from Kai Havertz on either side of half-time sealed Chelsea a 2-0 win over Fulham.

The three points on Saturday have consolidated the Blues’ place in the Premier League top-four ahead of the final four matches of the season.