Thomas Tuchel sweats over Jorginho’s injury ahead of Chelsea’s crucial matches after international break

Chelsea have suffered another injury blow after Italy manager Roberto Mancini confirmed Jorginho is out with a knee problem.

The Blues midfielder has been a first-team regular since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge.

Jorginho didn’t feature in the midweek Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid due to suspension, but, according to football.london, the 29-year-old wouldn’t have been fit to take on the La Liga leaders after picking up a knock in the goalless draw with Leeds United.

The midfielder wasn’t named as an injury concern by Thomas Tuchel in his pre-match or post-match press conferences, but his absence from the 38-man Italy squad was an indicator that the midfielder was dealing with an injury.

The Blues boss is reportedly bothered about Jorginho’s injury, but he’s hopeful the midfielder could recover before the Champions League first leg encounter against Porto.

In his latest press conference, Roberto Mancini lifted the lid on why Jorginho was omitted for the country’s World Cup qualifiers.

He said: “As regards to the midfielders, we are really in a bit of difficulty in the centre.

“We’re missing Jorginho, who wasn’t well. He’d taken a knock to the knee and he wasn’t fit to play in these games so we didn’t risk him.”

Jorginho’s club teammate Emerson Palmieri was called up to the squad while Chelsea will hope no other player suffers an injury during the break.

Man United join Chelsea, Barcelona, others in Sergio Aguero chase as Premier League legend supports move

Manchester City could see Sergio Aguero head straight across town if they don’t renew his contract, Paul Ince has warned.

PSG, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea have all been linked with the Argentine, 32, and Manchester United are the latest club tipped to make an offer.

Former Red Devils midfielder Ince, 53, has told the club to consider Aguero when his contract expires in the summer.

Such a shock swoop could emulate Sir Alex Ferguson’s capture of Eric Cantona from Leeds during Ince’s time at Old Trafford.

He told Ladbrokes: “Sergio Aguero might be leaving Man City, why shouldn’t United make a move for him?

“You could see it now. If he wanted to stay in the Premier League and he’s living in Manchester, then I don’t think it would be a bad thing at all if they went and got Aguero.

“It can happen, who knows? You’ve got to ask the question if you’re United because you never know.”

Stunning Chelsea 2021/2022 home kit leaked, resembles Blues 2003/05 away kit

Chelsea fans could be given fond memories of their 2003/05 away kit, which was worn by legends of the game like Didier Drogba, Hernan Crespo and Frank Lampard… and Claude Makelele, Petr Cech, and pretty much every player on the club’s books at that time.

A proposed kit for next year has been circulating on Twitter, which features the same design, but with a revamp. The updated badge, new kit manufacturer and new sponsor. It’s unclear if this would be the away shirt, third shirt or is genuine at all, but Chelsea fans will be crossing their fingers that it is…

Ordinarily, home kits are announced at the tail end of the season prior to them becoming active, just to give them a little added promo. The rest don’t tend to be confirmed until closer to the start of the next campaign, so it’ll likely be some time before we receive official confirmation as to this particular shirt’s legitimacy.

Manchester City close in on “next Neymar” as Guardiola is desperate to sign Brazilian wonderkid

Manchester City are reportedly locked in talks with Brazilian wonderkid Kayky for months, and are expected to sign the winger in a deal that could be worth as much as £21.5million.

A product of the Fluminense academy, which has produced the likes of Real Madrid legend Marcelo, Liverpool midfielder Fabinho and Manchester United full-backs Rafael and Fabio – big things are expected of Kayky.

Dubbed the ‘next Neymar’ in his homeland, the forward is blessed with pace and close-control.

It’s no wonder Pep Guardiola is desperate to add the 17-year-old to City’s ranks to bolster their attack.

With an ability to frighten his full-back through trickery and his pace, Kayky has drawn comparisons to Neymar, albeit a left-footed one.

He plays mostly on the right, where he cuts in and drives towards the opposition’s defence.

And he also has an eye for goal, as proven by his scoring stats last season.

“Kayky is a player who stands out a lot for his technical quality, especially with regard to one-on-ones, and also in his quality in front of goal,” Fluminense’s U17 coach, Guilherme Torres, told Goal.

Erling Haaland opens up on comparison with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Erling Haaland has revealed his effort as he is working ‘every day to improve’ in order to attain level reached by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Borussia Dortmund star spoke to Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet about his current form and the comparisons with Juventus talisman Ronaldo and Barcelona hero Messi.

“I think only of myself, to improve my game every day,” he said. “I don’t need to talk about Messi and Ronaldo, probably the best players in history.

“I still need a lot to reach them.”

The 20-year-old, who was targeted by Juventus before his move to BVB in January 2020, has continued to impress in 2020-21.

The former RB Salzburg forward has scored 33 goals in 31 competitive games this season and has so far scored 20 goals in 14 Champions League games with Salzburg and Dortmund.