Jorginho was pain-free in days after injury, says coach Thomas Tuchel

• Chelsea midfielder came through after suffering ankle injury • ‘This was really just a week or so without pain,’ says Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel has praised Jorginho after the Brazil-born midfielder came through the Premier League match at Newcastle United despite suffering a serious ankle injury.

Jorginho injured his right ankle in training before the match against Newcastle on Monday but made himself available to the manager with a successful MRI scan in his dressing room, in spite of lingering pain.

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“This was really just a week or so without pain,” Tuchel said. “In this situation, it’s my opinion that it’s not worth having a man on the bench who is going to be a risk to a lot of points.

“He didn’t want to stop. I don’t think Jorginho could have played today with only pain and discomfort. It’s a good example to young people. You should never give up if something is serious or it gets worse or not fit.”

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