Thomas Tuchel said on Wednesday that Mateo Kovacic may most likely miss the FA Cup final, after a terrible lunge from Daniel James on the Chelsea midfielder.
However, reports on Thursday tended to suggest that the injury wasn’t as bad as first feared.
Speaking in his press conference ahead of the final, Tuchel has said that Kovacic could feature in the game, and also revealed that N’Golo Kante is back in action as well.
Tuchel said: “Only Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi have been ruled out of the squad to play the FA Cup final.
“We will try it today actually and see tomorrow, which is pretty surprising news that we are even in this situation, but Mateo wants to try it.
“The medical department gave us the green light to try it. The advantage is that the ligament is already torn from the last incident so there is no new injury but heavy pain and it’s heavily swollen so we’re hoping that maybe time is enough that he makes it.”
Tuchel also spoke positively on Kante as he revealed that the Frenchman didn’t have any negative reaction after Thursday’s training session.
“He’s also trying and tried yesterday in team training and did more or less everything, hopefully now without a reaction,” reported Tuchel.
“It was a reduced training session because of the travel and fatigue so it was not a high-intensity training session but we will also try today with him.
“He is keen to make it and hopefully he makes it to training 100 per cent. It will be crucial for us and it’s the moment to take risks.”