Thomas Tuchel fears that Mateo Kovacic will miss the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium.
Chelsea face Liverpool at the Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup final on May 14th, and it seems Kovacic will miss that clash.
Thomas Tuchel said: “I tell you not as a coach and not as an expert, but for me it is very unlikely. 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.”
“If he misses it I’m very disappointed because he was a clear starter,” Tuchel said. “If you look at the quality today also with Jorgi (Jorginho) and him in central midfield when we played 11 against 11, it was a very strong start.”
“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.”
“I did not see the challenge live. I just saw it from a distance on the iPad and am not good at looking at these situations because it hurts me physically to watch it, but everybody told me it is a clear red card.”