Ruled out for Hammers game. Tuchel reveals when midfield wizard Mateo Kovacic will be back

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Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has been out for two weeks with a hamstring injury.

Kovacic last played for the Blues against Crystal Palace on 10 April and has since missed matches against Porto, Man City and Brighton.

The Croatian has been a key player for Chelsea this season, and his influence in the middle of the park has been nothing short of brilliant.

However, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has now revealed that the West Ham game and also the Champions League clash with Real Madrid have come too soon for the Chelsea star. Tuchel is keen to have Kovacic back in time for the game against Fulham, before Chelsea face Real Madrid in the second leg at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea boss said: “Mateo Kovacic is still out but everybody else is available.

“For me personally, I think we can hope for Fulham but don’t take that as medical advice. Maybe the physios and doctors will kill me for that but I think it’s maybe possible to be back again against Fulham, which is in between the Madrid games.

“Madrid [first leg] will be very close because he has not trained with the team so Fulham is more realistic.”

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