Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel provided fans with an update on Mateo Kovacic’s injury status following the west London side’s 3-0 win over Leeds on Wednesday evening.
The Croatian midfielder had only recently recovered from an ankle injury before Daniel James’ poor challenge in the 23rd minute, which saw him shown a red card, left Kovacic with no choice but to come off the pitch.
His absence will undoubtedly be a huge blow for the Blues should he not be available for their upcoming FA Cup final with Liverpool on the weekend.
Speaking at his post-match press conference, Tuchel provided an update on Kovacic’s injury, providing some clarity on how likely his appearance on Saturday afternoon is.
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“I tell you not as a coach or an expert but I think it’s very unlikely we see him (in the FA Cup final).”
The Blues manager then went on to express his disappointment to potentially be without a key player ahead of the weekend.
“If Mateo misses it I am very disappointed because he was a clear starter,” he said, as quoted by football.london. “You saw the quality with Jorge and him in midfield when it was eleven against eleven. We will see. Maybe we have a miracle.
“I did not see the challenge live. I just saw it from a distance and I’m not good at looking at these situations because it hurts me. Everyone told me it was a red card.”
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