Desperate Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel calls up TWELVE kids from Academy and U23s to train with injury-hit senior squad

DESPERATE Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has called up TWELVE academy and Under-23 stars to train with the first team, according to reports.

The Blues' squad has been decimated by injuries and Covid-related absences and the German has had to turn to their youth ranks to make up the numbers.

Teddy Sharman-Lowe, 18, Josh Brooking, 19, Xavier Mbuyamba, 19, Alfie Gilchrist, 18, Dion Rankine, 19, and Xavier Simons, 18, all trained with the available first team squad players on Monday, according to Football London.

As, reportedly, did Lewis Baker, 26, Lewis Hall, 17, Joe Haigh, 18, Harvey Vale, 18, Bryan Fiabema, 18, and Jay Wareham, 18.

Tuchel was fuming ahead of his side's 0-0 draw at Wolves on Sunday after the club's request to have the game postponed was rejected.

The Blues had SEVEN Covid cases in their squad, with more players testing positive since their 1-1 draw with Everton on Thursday.

But with Chelsea still just about able to name a full team, the Premier League turned down their request to call the game off – despite the obvious safety concerns.

Speaking ahead of the match, Tuchel said: "We are disappointed, we are a bit angry.

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"I am worried from a medical point of view, we have had four days of consecutive positive tests.

"How will it stop if we are in a bus and in meetings together?"

He then added: "We have seven positive cases, we applied to not play and put the situation under control, it was rejected.

"It is very hard to understand it, we are concerned about the health of the players.

"We end up with players who play coming from injuries and we take the risk."

N'Golo Kante returned to the Blues' starting XI, while 37-year-old Thiago Silva starts his second game in four days.

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Chelsea named two goalkeepers on their bench, with only four outfielders.

These included Mateo Kovacic, who himself had only just recovered after a bout of Covid-19.

The Blues confirmed on Thursday Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell had all tested positive.

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