Mateo Kovacic will be available for FA Cup final

Mateo Kovacic will be back for the FA Cup final against Leicester City.

The Croatian midfielder picked up a hamstring injury on April 10 and missed out on a chunk of crucial games since that day including the FA Cup and Champions League semi-finals.

Thomas Tuchel is ecstatic with Kovacic’s return and admits that Kovacic’s absence has been felt in the last one month.

‘Kova is with us again,’ reported the Chelsea boss.

‘It’s huge. Mateo has everything we need in midfield. He has experience, power, acceleration, deceleration, he can dribble with the ball and beat players, he is fast and has physical ability.

‘You could see when we missed Mateo and N’Golo in the same match we lacked quality and energy and experience. Billy [Gilmour] did a huge job in both games, but it’s still not fair to compare him to these players because they have more experience and they are a step ahead in their development.

‘It’s what we need in the key moments of the season at the end of the season. It’s big news for us Kova is back. He has a huge impact in the dressing room also and is a very positive guy.’


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