During Chelsea’s 2-0 Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg triumph over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night, Thomas Tuchel revealed Kai Havertz was playing through the discomfort of a “terrible” fractured finger.
In the tumble that followed his early finish against Tottenham, Havertz shattered his finger badly.
Chelsea defeated Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge thanks to his goal and an own goal by Ben Davies.
The Germany international fought through the discomfort until halftime, when he was replaced.
“Kai has a problem with his finger; he shattered his finger and it looked terrible,” Tuchel remarked after the game.
“And he kept playing through the pain, which was becoming worse and worse. We had to change him after he survived till halftime.
“I liked our performance a lot. We looked full of confidence and had two late last-minute pieces of bad news with Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante, who were both supposed to start.
“So we decided at the last minute to maybe switch to a back four. The guys were very committed and very open to that, to making such a late change.
“And it was a very strong performance, so it was a well-deserved win in a big match against a very strong opponent.”