Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori, Olivier Giroud Reportedly Face Late UCL Fitness Tests

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Fikayo Tomori of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on November 30, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus)
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Chelsea pair Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud will reportedly face late fitness tests ahead of the Blues' UEFA Champions League clash with Lille on Tuesday.

Football.London's Andy Ha reported the duo did not train with the rest of the squad on Monday, and as such, they're doubts for Tuesday's game.

Tomori has spent Chelsea's last two matches—the 2-1 win over Aston Villa and the 3-1 defeat at Everton—on the bench.

Giroud was also on the bench in the former, but he was not in the matchday squad for the latter.

Tomori had started 11 consecutive Premier League matches, but he was dropped after the team suffered back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and West Ham United. 

His absence was felt against Everton as Chelsea repeatedly looked vulnerable at the back, per Squawka's Muhammad Butt:

Muhammad Butt @muhammadbutt

Chelsea's defending without Tomori is comical (and it wasn't all that great WITH him). https://t.co/Ow2xF7PiZi

Football statistician Dave O'Brien offered further insight into his absence:

Statman Dave @StatmanDave

Chelsea have failed to keep a clean sheet without Fikayo Tomori in the Premier League this season. Benched. 🤦‍♂️ https://t.co/Vvij8TYL1F

Given the way the Blues defended on Saturday, it would come as little surprise if manager Frank Lampard is hoping to restore Tomori to the starting lineup for the Lille game.

Chelsea need to win the game to guarantee their progression from Group H, although a draw would be enough if Ajax beat Valencia.

They sit two points behind the former, against whom they have a superior head-to-head record, and level with the latter, against whom they have an inferior head-to-head record.

Lille have picked up just one draw and lost four times in their five Champions League games, scoring three times and conceding 12, but Chelsea will still want to be their strongest.

As for Giroud, he has played just 282 minutes in all competitions in this campaign, so he'll likely find himself on the bench if he's fit on Tuesday.

The Frenchman's aerial ability and link-play make him a different option to Tammy Abraham up front, though, so it won't be ideal for Lampard if he's missing, either.