Thomas Tuchel revealed that he is ready to gamble on the fitness of Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante for the FA Cup final against Liverpool. Kovacic was set to miss the showpiece event after he suffered an ankle injury in their side’s 3-0 win over Leeds. Tuchel said that the midfielder would take part in their training session in order to prove his fitness for the final.
“We will try it today, which is pretty surprising news,” he said on the Croatian international. Mateo wants to try it and the medical department gave the green light to try it,” Chelsea’s boss Thomas Tuchel said about Mateo Kovacic. “The advantage is that the ligament is torn anyway from the last incident, so there is no new injury, but heavy pain. It was heavily swollen. We are hoping that maybe the time is enough that he makes it, but we will try it in training and then we will know more about it.”
“No. How I understood it as not an expert is that the high mobility [of his ligament] helped him to escape without a huge injury,” he added. “It was a reduced training session because of long travel and fatigue of the traveling, so it was not a high-intensity session. But he is keen to make it and hopefully, he makes it to training 100 percent so that we can plan with him tomorrow. That would be crucial for us. It’s the moment to take risks.”
“I think if he plans to talk with the owner maybe it is not his plan to talk with me,” he added. “It’s fair enough. Let’s see if he gets a meeting! It is his right. We will talk to anybody. We will evaluate any situation of any player including Romelu. We will see what is going to happen and what the plans are.”
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