Thomas Tuchel explains Timo Werner snub in FA Cup final defeat

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Timo Werner picked up an injury in the build-up to Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat to Liverpool and was left on the bench as a result.

The Blues were already surprisingly without Kai Havertz, whose absence through injury was confirmed when he was left out of the matchday squad, but there was no suggestion of an issue for Werner as the German took his place among the substitutes.

There was some shock from fans as Werner did not enter the game, particularly as both Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley came on before him, with the latter being brought on specifically for the penalty shoot-out at the expense of the former.

Before the controversy could even begin, Tuchel revealed that Werner was injured and unavailable as a result.

“Kai did not train yesterday because of hamstring problems and he thought if he trained he would injure himself,” Tuchel explained. “We left it until the last test this morning but it was not possible.

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