Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Could Make Chelsea Debut Despite Broken Jaw

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could make his Chelsea debut in Tuesday's Champions League group stage opener at Dinamo Zagreb despite the home invasion. Broken jaw during this period. Chelsea made a bid for Aubameyang last week, signing him from Barcelona on a two-year deal just months after he left Arsenal. The 33-year-old missed Chelsea's controversial 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday but has traveled with the team to Croatia.

"Auba is ambitious, he is very focused, he wants to play for us, he wants to prove his point. That's why he's here," Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel told reporters on Monday.

Aubameyang, who will be fitted with a custom-made mask to protect his chin, arrived after four men broke into their home near Barcelona and made threats. He broke his jaw. in He used a firearm.

"If there was a problem with the mask today, of course we wouldn't let him wear it, but yesterday wasn't a problem for him and I hope it won't be a problem today," Tuchel said.

“If he is ready to start, he cannot play 90 minutes, so we have to decide how to manage the minutes. "Obviously he needs game time to be fully fit, so it's our responsibility to find a solution if he's on the bench or if he starts."

Swiss midfielder Denis Zakaria will also make his Chelsea debut on loan from Juventus. However, N'Golo Kante remains sidelined with a hamstring problem, while veteran centre-back Thiago Silva has been rested for the trip.

"Thiago and I decided that after every minute he played in a very intense match, he would be free from travel and pressure," explained Tuchel. "It's time for him to rest, not be benched, he has to travel. He can take care of his recovery. "