Mateo Kovacic could make a return in the FA Cup final

Mateo Kovacic’s ankle injury is not serious and remains in contention for FA Cup final.

The Chelsea midfielder suffered an ankle injury after a nasty challenge by Daniel James during Wednesday’s victory over Leeds.

He limped off the pitch and Tuchel confirmed that the Croatian would need a miracle to be back for Saturday’s FA Cup final against Liverpool.

But according to reports, Kovacic has avoided any internal damage and is expected to be back in training on Friday.

“I tell you not as a coach and not as an expert, but for me it is very unlikely,” Tuchel said earlier. “It was a swollen ankle and he is in a lot of pain.

“For me, I am not a doctor and we need to wait for the examinations, but it is very unlikely he can play. It is absolutely bad news for us on a perfect evening.”

Tuchel added: “He is a key figure for us in midfield. He played against Liverpool, I think both matches from the beginning and was very strong.

“He’s super, super hungry and determined and excited to play these matches and of course he is in fear he will miss it. We will see. We need to wait. Maybe we have a miracle and we make it possible.”


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