Mason Mount set to miss Lille game

Champions League holders Chelsea could be without Mason Mount from their starting lineup again when they face Lille in the last 16 on Tuesday.

Mason Mount is back in training after injuring his ankle at the Club World Cup but the match with the French champions may come too soon.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is unlikely to feature due to achilles injury, while Reece James and Ben Chilwell are still out.

Chelsea finished second in Group H behind Juventus and could have faced the likes of Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.

But their prospects of retaining the trophy they won last May were boosted when they drew Lille.

The French outfits are struggling in 11th in Ligue 1 this season.

But manager Thomas Tuchel expects a tough challenge and is not planning to rest players with Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Liverpool in mind.

“It is the moment to be super focused and not worry about the big picture because that would make us look at a lot of different pictures and environments,” said the German.

“In terms of team management, we don’t think ahead.”

“We bring the best group for the game and then we will take care of Sunday’s match.”

Lille were one of European football’s surprise packages last season when they upset the odds to win the Ligue 1 title.

They broke Paris St-Germain’s domestic dominance in France.

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