Mason Mount claims ‘it’s about time he got on the score sheet’ as Chelsea prepare to battle on without Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner after Thomas Tuchel was plunged into a striker crisis
- Chelsea were plunged into a striker crisis after suffering a double injury blow
- Romelu Lukaku is reportedly facing a month out because of an ankle injury
- The Belgian striker was forced off in Wednesday’s European win over Malmo
- He twisted his ankle and had to come off early on with Kai Havertz replacing him
- Fellow striker Timo Werner also came off after sustaining a hamstring injury
Mason Mount has vowed to rediscover his goal touch as Chelsea prepare to fight on without Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.
The Blues are facing an anxious wait to discover the full extent of the injuries suffered by the forward pair against Malmo on Wednesday.
It is feared Lukaku has damaged ligaments in his right ankle and was undergoing tests yesterday – but club medics will not know the definitive prognosis on the Belgian’s injury until the swelling has reduced, with a more concrete view expected today.
Mason Mount (above) has vowed rediscover his goal touch in the absence of Romelu Lukaku
Chelsea striker Lukaku is reportedly facing a month out after damaged ligaments in his ankle
Werner suffered a hamstring strain in the victory, and while he is expected to miss tomorrow’s game versus Norwich and next week’s Carabao Cup clash against Southampton there are concerns the Germany star could spend a longer period on the sidelines.
In Lukaku and Werner’s absence, Kai Havertz came on to score only his second of the season for his club and Mount admits it will be vital for others to contribute as Chelsea continue their pursuit of five trophies.
‘Getting goals from all areas is a big thing for us, a big positive,’ said the England midfielder. ‘We can be dangerous from different parts of the team. We can be dangerous from set pieces and the way we play we get people in the box and create chances.
Fellow striker Timo Werner (right) followed Lukaku off after suffering a hamstring strain
‘It’s about time I got on the score sheet. I’m getting in the right areas but it’s just not falling for me. Hopefully when the first one goes in the floodgates will open.’
Mount has not scored since the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid in May and Tuchel identified him as one of his players feeling the effects of football’s crowded calendar.
‘Every time I step on the pitch I feel energised and ready to go, ready to press,’ said Mount. ‘I want to be involved in every game but I’m still young and it’s so early in my career.
In the forwards’ absence Kai Havertz (left) stepped up to score only his second of the season
‘Sometimes you have to look at how many games you’ve played and look at taking a step back.’
Chelsea’s schedule will be more congested when FIFA finalise the dates for the Club World Cup, now expected to be held in February in the United Arab Emirates.
‘We’re a club which wants to win silverware,’ said Mount. ‘We want to win the Champions League, we achieved that last season and now we want to be champions of the world, to go with the Super Cup.
‘We’re ready for that, we’re raring to go. When you get a taste of winning you want to win more.’