Thomas Tuchel confirms Lukaku’s return to team, says he’s in contention for Tottenham clash after “he apologized”

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Romelu Lukaku is back in contention to face Tottenham in the EFL Cup semi-final tomorrow.

The Belgian was dropped for Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool after his controversial interview last week.

Lukaku, 28, admitted to Sky Italia that he wish hadn’t left Inter Milan – while also criticising Tuchel’s tactics.

But after leaving his £97.5million striker out against the Reds, Tuchel has confirmed that Lukaku will be involved again after apologising in private.

He said: “First of all, we are happy that we took the time to look calmly on it, this is what we did.

“He apologised and is back in the squad for training today. The most important thing was to understand and believe it was not intentional.

“There was never the slightest behaviour against the team. These are very important points to understand that it is not that big as people or you want it to be.

“It is also not small but small enough to stay calm, to accept an apology and to move on.”