Both players sat out the draw against Wolves with knocks and manager Thomas Tuchel confirmed ahead of Wednesday’s game that it will be nip and tuck as to whether either player makes the squad at Elland Road.
“We are fighting for Jorgi and we’re fighting for N’Golo for tomorrow, but it will be close and I don’t know if [they will] make it,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
Jorginho starts in midfield alongside Mateo Kovacic. Tuchel kas kept Marcos Alonso in the side despite a row with the left-back at half-time of the last-gasp draw with Wolves. The German has since assured fans that the argument between himself and his player has been resolved.
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Andreas Christensen replaces Cesar Azpilicueta and earns a starting berth after the captain’s poor display against Wolves.
Romelu Lukaku’s two-goal performance on his return to the starting lineup keeps him in the XI, alongside Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic. Ben Chilwell (knee) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (back) are out.
Starting XI: Mendy; Christensen, Chalobah, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Pulisic.
Subs: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Silva, Sarr, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Ziyech, Havertz, Werner