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Leeds: Jesse Marsch dealt late double setback ahead of Chelsea

Leeds United have been dealt a huge double setback ahead of their Premier League meeting with Chelsea this evening.

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Speaking in his pre-match press conference (via football.london), Thomas Tuchel revealed that both N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are in contention to make a late return to Chelsea’s first-team squad at Elland Road, with the duo having returned to training this week after recovering from their respective injuries.

Regarding the current condition of the midfield pair, the German manager said: “We are fighting for Jorginho and fighting for N’Golo for tomorrow but it will be close but I don’t know if we make it.”

Marsch will be devastated

Considering just how important a part of the Chelsea side both Kante and Jorginho are, in addition to the fact that Leeds simply must pick up a result this evening in order to give themselves the best possible chance of avoiding relegation, the news that the duo could be in line to feature against the Whites is sure to have left Jesse Marsch devastated.

Indeed, over Kante’s 24 Premier League appearances this season, the £45m-rated midfielder has been in excellent form for the Blues, scoring two goals, registering four assists and creating three big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.0 interceptions, 2.2 tackles, 0.9 key passes and winning 4.5 duels per game.

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These returns have seen the £290k-per-week World Cup-winner average a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.13, ranking him as Tuchel’s eighth-best performer in the English top flight.

Meanwhile, over Jorginho’s 27 league outings this term, the £40.5m-rated dynamo has also been in exceptional form for Chelsea, scoring six goals, providing two assists and creating six big chances for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 1.3 interceptions, 2.1 tackles, 0.8 key passes and winning 4.5 duels per fixture.

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These metrics have seen the £110k-per-week European Championship-winner average an equally impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.06, ranking him as the Blues’ 12th-best player in the division.

As such, it is clear for all to see that the return of both Kante and Jorginho will undoubtedly come as a huge blow to Leeds’ chances of picking up a result tonight, with a loss potentially bringing with it disastrous consequences for the Whites’ bid to retain their Premier League status in 2022/23.

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