“I feel sad for him” – Tuchel on Chelsea player who will miss FA Cup semi-final game against Manchester City

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Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic suffered a hamstring injury in training on Monday and will now miss Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

Following Chelsea’s 2-1 aggregate victory over Porto on Tuesday night, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel confirmed Kovacic’s hamstring injury and admitted he felt sad for the midfielder.

Tuchel said: “It was a muscle injury, out of nothing, [for Kovacic] it was just a little exercise to get a sweat on and he felt his hamstring.

“I was sad for him because we don’t have many experienced players who have played so many Champions League games.

“I felt sad for Mateo and we did it for him but N’Golo is an incredible player, he is like one and a half or two players. Everyone who sees him for the first time loves him and now my family love him when they watch our games now.

“It is so nice to have him. He wins so many balls, gives everybody confidence and I’m the same.”

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