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Kovacic 'unlikely' to be fit for FA Cup final due to ankle injury — Tuchel - The Athletic

Thomas Tuchel has said he expects Mateo Kovacic to miss this weekend's FA Cup final against Liverpool due to an ankle injury. Kovacic had to be replaced...

  • Posted on 11th May, 2022 21:45 PM
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Thomas Tuchel has said he expects Mateo Kovacic to miss this weekend's FA Cup final against Liverpool due to an ankle injury.

Kovacic had to be replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the 30th minute after a late lunge by Daniel James.

Chelsea cruised to a 3-0 win against 10-man Leeds after James saw red for the challenge but the victory came at a cost as Kovacic looks set for a spell on the sidelines.

Tuchel said of Kovacic's chances of playing at Wembley on Saturday: “I tell you not as a coach and not as an expert, but for me it is very unlikely. First of all he never goes out. He has a swollen ankle and is in a lot of pain.

“I am not a doctor and we need to wait for the examinations, but it is very likely he can play. It is absolutely very bad news for us.

“If he misses it I'm very disappointed because he was a clear starter. You look at the quality today, with Jorginho and him in midfield, when we played 11 v 11 it was a very strong start. He is a key figure for us in midfield. He played against Liverpool in both of the last two matches from the beginning if I remember it right.

“He always plays very strong and is super hungry and determined to play these matches. Of course he is in fear now that he will miss it. We will see, we need to wait. Maybe we have a miracle and we make it possible.

“I didn't see the challenge live. I was just focused on something else. I saw it from a distance on the iPad. I'm not good at looking at these situations because it hurts me physically to watch it. Everyone told me it is a clear red card.”

The win saw Chelsea move closer to sealing third spot while Leeds remain in the relegation zone

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