Tuchel doesn't blame Kante and Loftus-Cheek over USA tour absence

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Thomas Tuchel says he has no issue with N'Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek after they missed Chelsea's pre-season tour of the United States due to not being fully vaccinated.

Kante and Loftus-Cheek did not travel to the USA with the rest of the squad for training and three friendlies.

The midfield duo have instead been training at Cobham and although Blues head coach Tuchel says their absence is far from ideal, he accepts the choices they have made.

"We don't blame people and don't put the finger on them," said the German.

"There's a personal decision to take and both of them took their personal decision.

"It doesn't matter if I understand it, if I like it or, for the professional life, it's a disadvantage right now.

"We would have liked both of them here but once we knew, we needed to provide the best solution, which is to provide training at Cobham on a high physical level. They will be fit when we are back there."

Kante has been sidelined by a knee injury, but Tuchel expects the France midfielder to be play a big part in the upcoming season.

"N'Golo knows what pre-season is all about and for him especially it gives us the possibility to build him up very individually," he added.

"He has coaches there in London who take care of him and he is integrated in the Under-23 and Under-19 training, so he also has team training.

"We need N'Golo to have more minutes on the pitch. He is one of our key figures and the key players need to be on the pitch otherwise they cannot be key players, so this is how we are handling things at the moment."

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