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Aubameyang could make Chelsea debut despite broken jaw

Aubameyang could make Chelsea debut

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could make his debut for Chelsea in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League group stage tie with Dinamo Zagreb despite suffering broken jaw in home invasion back in Spain. The Gabonese striker joined Chelsea from Barcelona on a two-year deal and is set to make his debut after travelling with the team to Croatia.

Aubameyang is expected to wear a custom-made mask to protect his broken jaw.

“Auba is very ambitious, he’s very focused and he’s hungry to play for us, and he is hungry to prove a point. That’s why he’s here” Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel told reporters on Monday.

“If an issue comes up with the mask today we will not put him in of course, but there was no issue for him yesterday and I hope there will not be an issue today,” said Tuchel.

“If he is ready to start he cannot play 90 minutes so it is on us to take a decision how we manage the minutes. 

“That he needs minutes to get his full fitness is clear so it’s on us to find the solution if he is on the bench or if he starts.”

Denis Zakaria is another summer addition who could make his debut after joining on loan from Juventus.

N’golo Kante misses out through injury while Thiago Silva has been rested.

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