Christian Pulisic starts as Thomas Tuchel releases starting XI to face Leeds United

Chelsea’s forgotten star, Christian Pulisic starts a Premier League game for the first time under Thomas Tuchel with Chelsea at Leeds today.

Plus, Kai Havertz is looking to build on his starring display against Everton with another start.

Thiago Silva will also miss the Saturday lunchtime kick-off after suffering a setback in his recovery from a thigh problem.

But it is Abraham’s failure to shake off an ankle injury which is worrying Chelsea’s manager.

“Honestly, I am a bit concerned because it’s the same pain from the tackle against Newcastle,” he said.

“So it’s been a long time now where he’s not been 100 per cent free and comfortable in training.

“Even if he finishes in training, I can see he doesn’t have 100% trust that he is totally free. So I am a bit concerned, but at the same time I have complete trust in our medical department and they will take care of him now.

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“It was a bit of a setback yesterday that he had to leave the pitch during the warm-up, but he will get all the time he needs. It’s most important he feels zero pain and then we can think about his comeback.”

Thiago was on the bench for Monday’s win against Everton – his first involvement since limping out of the game against Tottenham at the start of February.

Tuchel added: “Thiago had a little setback in training, at the end of the training sessions, the day before yesterday. He felt something around the same area where he was injured.

“So we had to take him off and he’s back into a transition phase, but not in team training. So he will be out.”

Confirmed Leeds vs Chelsea lineups

Leeds United XI: Meslier, Ayling, Llorente, Struijk, Alioski, Phillips, Raphinha, Roberts, Dallas, Harrison, Bamford

Subs: Koch, Poveda-Ocampo, Casilla, Helder Costa, Rodrigo, Berardi, Klich, Shackleton, Jenkins

Leeds squad from: Meslier, Ayling, Llorente, Cooper, Dallas, Struijk, Klich, Roberts, Hernandez, Costa, Harrison, Raphinha, Bamford, Alioski, Cresswell, Jenkins, Huggins, Gelhardt, Davis.

Chelsea XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Chilwell, Kante, Jorginho, Ziyech, Mount, Pulisic, Havertz

Subs: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Werner, Zouma, Kovacic, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, James, Emerson Palmieri

Chelsea squad from: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Kante, Jorginho, Havertz, Ziyech, Giroud, Arrizabalaga, James, Christensen, Emerson, Alonso, Kovacic, Gilmour, Pulisic, Werner

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