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Chelsea sweating over Abraham’s fitness as he limps out of Southampton draw

Chelsea have been dealt a blow ahead of their Champions League match with Atletico Madrid after Tammy Abraham limped out of Saturday’s Premier League draw at Southampton.

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The striker was taken off by Thomas Tuchel at the half-time interval and replaced with winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, with the Blues losing 1-0 to the south coast club at the time.

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Abraham was pictured sitting in the St Mary’s stands with an ice pack on his ankle and the 23-year-old is now a doubt for the trip to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.

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The striker limped out after 20 minutes during last Monday’s league win after Newcastle but was a surprise starter at Southampton despite the setback.

The Blues number nine is Chelsea’s top scorer in all competitions this season with 12 to his name, two ahead of £47.5million summer signing Timo Werner and fellow Stamford Bridge striker rival Olivier Giroud.

However the forward has now gone six Premier League games without a goal and scored just once in five Champions League group stage appearances earlier in the season.

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Both Werner and Giroud will now compete for a starting spot up front against Diego Simeone’s LaLiga leaders, though both score against Newcastle earlier this week.

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Chelsea already have attacker Kai Havertz out injured with the German missing Saturday’s league match at Southampton.

Defender Thiago Silva has also been sidelined with fitness problems but both him and Havertz have a chance of making Tuesday night’s European tie.

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The Blues fell behind at St Mary’s through Takumi Minamino’s cool run and finish but Mason Mount’s penalty hauled the Blues level after the break.

The result was a blow to Tuchel’s side and their top-four hopes as they remain in fourth but both West Ham and Liverpool can overtake them this weekend with victories over Tottenham and Everton respectively.

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