THOMAS TUCHEL could be without a trio of forwards for Chelsea’s FA Cup trip to Barnsley.

Blues fans excitedly await the team news for Thursday night’s fifth-round clash, to get a glimpse at how seriously he will take the competitors.

At Paris Saint-Germain, Tuchel would regularly present fringe first-team gamers into his cup sides and a similar path can be anticipated this week.

Thiago Silva will continue to give way in defence while he struggles with a hamstring injury.

While Timo Werner suffered a knock versus Sheffield United and may miss out on the game, along with Kai Havertz who sat out the win at Bramall Lane.

Christian Pulisic was absent for personal reasons, putting his involvement on Thursday in doubt.

Should the American be offered, he might be provided a runout up front in a new false-nine function.

Pulisic described his brand-new training strategy previously this month: “It’s a type of a false striker.

” It’s been great up until now. We’ve got a new outlook on things, we have had an actually good win so it’s been a favorable start.

” It’s been some crazy times recently and simply to get a win left all the men in the altering room truly excited.”


If Werner and Pulisic are missing, Tammy Abraham might return to the XI with Olivier Giroud still yet to rating under Tuchel.

Hakim Ziyech will hope to start after three video games out of the side.

And the midfield could be finished with weekend scorer Mason Mount in front of N’Golo Kante and Billy Gilmour, both of whom were benched in Yorkshire.

Emerson Palmieri might be favoured at left wing-back in Tuchel’s 3-4-2-1 for his very first getaway under the new Chelsea coach and Callum Hudson-Odoi might be available in on the opposite flank to permit Reece James a rest.

At the back, Kepa Arrizabalaga need to be handed another cup start.

If Tuchel stick to his three-man defence, Silva’s absence implies there is restricted option in altering things around.

Kurt Zouma is another yet to feature for the German and he might change either Antonio Rudiger or Cesar Azpilicueta in the 8pm kick-off.

Barnsley are keeping track of a variety of gamers, including Aapo Halme, Ben Williams and Liam Kitching, as the Championship side aim to duplicate their well-known cupset of 2008.

An extra reward may be laid down for both groups on Thursday night with the quarter-final draw happening in the minutes prior to kick-off.