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Tuchel gives Mason Mount injury verdict ahead of second leg with Real Madrid

Thomas Tuchel has spoken about Mason Mount's injury amid fears the midfielder could miss Chelsea's Champions League showdown with Real Madrid.

Chelsea fans feared the worst when Mount was hauled off late on during the 2-0 win over Fulham on Saturday, with the midfielder having suffered a knock during a collision with Mario Lemina.

The 22-year-old had jumped for the ball but fell badly onto his back and needed medical treatment.

He initially got up and played on but was replaced a few minutes later by Tammy Abraham, with Mount seen holding his back as he walked off.

Mount has been a hugely influential player for Chelsea this season, and will be one of the first names on the team sheet if he's fit for Wednesday's semi-final second leg against Madrid.

And Tuchel said he took Mount off in a bid to protect ahead of the Stamford Bridge clash with Zinedine Zidane's side.

"I hope Mason will be okay," said Tuchel afterwards. "I don’t think it was a big thing but we took him off so he can recover ahead of Real Madrid."

Tuchel insisted the decision to hook Mount was his, and was not taken on the advice of club medics.

“It was my decision – there was not any doctor or physio who told me to take him off," he said. "But I saw him landing hard and it was the moment anyway when we wanted to take him off anyway.

“I saw him holding his back slightly, so we didn't want to take any risks but I have no other information on that.”

Tuchel had positive news on Antonio Rudiger, who missed Saturday's game after suffering an injury late on in last week's 1-1 draw against Los Blancos in Madrid.

"I think he can play with a mask and everybody else who was on the bench can be totally fit for Wednesday. Hopefully, we can have the full squad," said Tuchel.

Chelsea's win ensured they will end the weekend in fourth place in the Premier League, with Kai Havertz's double keeping them on track for next season's Champions League heading into the final four rounds of fixtures.

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Tuchel added: "We were spot on. It was what we demanded from ourselves.

"It was the moment to show the pride, that we are capable of doing it in between two big games. Because this was also a big win for us and a big game.

"It's important to keep the advantage, we worked so hard against West Ham, and all the other matches, to be in this situation and I'm very happy that we did it.

"There was absolutely no lack of concentration. We had some troubles during the match, which everyone against this Fulham side has, but we had no lack of concentration and that was key."

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