‘He’s not yet ready’ — Tuchel gives injury update ahead of Arsenal clash

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Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has been absent for a month now, after suffering an injury in the build-up to the second leg of our Champions League quarter-final win over Porto.

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel had hoped the Croatian would have been available for the Champions League semi-final second leg clash against Real Madrid, but he didn’t make it in time for the game.

Ahead of the Arsenal clash on Wednesday, the Blues boss has now revealed Kovacic won’t be fit for the Gunners, but is hoping he’d be back for the weekend’s FA Cup final against Leicester City.

“He is not ready for tomorrow, we have to postpone it to Wembley. His personal race is on to make it to the squad for Wembley,” Tuchel told reporters ahead of facing Arsenal.

Kovacic has had a wonderful season, and he has been an inspiration for Chelsea in the middle of the park.

Tuchel admitted that he has missed the 27-year-old so much and can’t wait to have him back.

The German tactician said: “We really miss him, he is a good match with Jorgi and N’Golo in all combinations. So it’s a big miss and I can’t wait until he’s back in full team training.

“He’s taken some steps in the right direction and I hope he can rejoin team training after our game with Arsenal.”

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