‘A Big Loss’: Thomas Tuchel ‘Very Sad’ After Injury Blow For 26-Year-Old Chelsea Star
‘A big loss’: Thomas Tuchel ‘very sad’ after injury blow for 26-year-old Chelsea star
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed a hamstring injury for Mateo Kovacic which will rule him out of the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City this weekend.
The Croatia international made the trip to Seville for the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie in midweek, but picked up the injury in the final training session.
It was officially confirmed when he was absent from the matchday squad. The Blues lost 1-0 to Porto, but progressed to the semi-final with a 2-1 aggregate triumph.
Speaking after the game, Tuchel confirmed the setback for the 26-year-old, and acknowledged that it is a big loss ahead of a crucial cup tie against Pep Guardiola’s side.
He told Chelseafc: “Yesterday in training he got a muscle injury in his hamstring after 20 minutes, more or less out of nothing.”
“He is for sure out for the game against City as well, which is a big loss.
“I was very sad for him. We don’t have so many experienced players who have played Champions League many times.
“When the anthem plays he is relaxed and at the same time he is a hard fighter.
“Everybody is happy to have him around so we did it also for him today.”