Mauricio Pochettino explains Noni Madueke’s absence in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Newcastle

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Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed Noni Madueke did not feature in our pre-season draw against Newcastle United due to a tight hamstring.

Pochettino insisted there was no major concern over Madueke, who remained in Philadelphia and will be joined by the rest of the first-team squad in the early hours of Thursday morning.

“Noni is in Philadelphia; he has a little tightness in his hamstring,” said Pochettino. “It’s not a big thing.

“We also took precautions with Thiago [Silva] and Levi [Colwill] and then we don’t have more possibilities to play with Angelo and Lewis [Hall] because we have three players in the same positions. We can’t play all.

“It’s only Noni that suffers [with an injury] but it is something that we think can be sorted in the next few days.”