Aubameyang's Chelsea debut delayed as striker awaits mask

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WHAT HAPPENED? The Gabon international completed a move to Chelsea on deadline day in a £10 million ($12m) deal, with Marcos Alonso moving in the opposite direction. However, the striker will not be available for selection since he awaits protective gear for his jaw that was injured during a robbery at his home in Barcelona.

WHAT THEY SAID: "At the moment he cannot train and we need to get him a mask to protect his jaw and then we can start from next week," manager Thomas Tuchel said at a press conference.

Tuchel also spelt out what he expects from the striker: "Hopefully he can be that good again, we know what we get...he delivers goals and speed and work rate against the ball so it's a big package he can bring to our group."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Tuchel has previously worked with the striker during his stint at Borussia Dortmund. Moreover, the 33-year-old forward has prior Premier League experience with Arsenal, which should help him to fire on all cylinders right from the start.

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WHAT NEXT FOR AUBAMEYANG? After missing out on the West Ham fixture, Aubameyang can expect to play a part in the match against Fulham on September 10, as Chelsea's clash against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Tuesday might be too soon for him.

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