Ahead of the London derby against West Ham United this weekend, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has suggested a return date for injured Mateo Kovacic.
Mateo Kovacic is still out of Chelsea’s Premier League game against West Ham on Saturday, but he could return to face Fulham a week later on May 1.
The Chelsea midfield powerhouse has missed the last three games due to as hamstring problem. However, while the Croatian is unlikely to return in time to face Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, Tuchel hopes to recall him for the upcoming West London derby.
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“The team news is there is no news. Mateo is still out, everyone else is ok,” the Chelsea manager said in a pre-match conference as per Football London.
On when the former Real Madrid man could return, Thomas Tuchel said: “Me, personally, I think we can hope for Fulham. But don’t take that for granted.
“Maybe the physios and doctors will kill me for that. So maybe Fulham, which is between the Real Madrid games.
“Tomorrow is a game. Then we have two days to prepare for Real Madrid in the semi-final of the Champions League. Without training, that won’t happen. So Fulham is the target.”
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