CHELSEA boss Thomas Tuchel has criticised Jaamal Lascelles’ ‘reckless’ challenge that injured Tammy Abraham.
The Blues striker was forced off the pitch after just 20 minutes of the 2-0 win over Newcastle on Monday.
Abraham thought he had won a penalty when he was chopped down by Lascelles inside of the box.
But the Newcastle star escaped without any punishment as the referee believed he got the ball.
However, the 23-year-old was unable to continue as he fell awkwardly on his ankle.
Tuchel admitted his team are ‘worried’ about Abraham after the ‘reckless’ challenge.
Speaking after the game, he said: “There’s no update yet on Tammy, but we needed to take him off after a hard tackle.
“So we are worried, but there’s no news of him.
“My assistant tried to show him (Bankes) the tackle on the iPad and he told us he was not allowed to talk to us.
“It was the tackle, but we didn’t know he wasn’t allowed to watch. So okay, we didn’t realise that.
“We had the feeling it was a reckless tackle.
“He (Lascelles) played the ball, yes, but for me it’s too much of a risk to an injury to the opponent. And because of that for me it’s a foul.
“It’s reckless, but okay it was not like us to criticise, just to discuss with the officials.”
Gary Neville claimed Abraham deliberately attempted to win a penalty and ended up injured.
Former Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud was put on in place of Abraham in the first half.
He scored in the 31st minute before Timo Werner doubled their tally just eight minutes later.