Just In: Thomas Tuchel drops hint over starting XI for FA Cup final vs Leicester

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has already confirmed part of his starting XI for Saturday’s FA Cup final encounter with Brendan Rodgers’s Leicester at Wembley Stadium.

With Blues aiming to lift their ninth FA Cup when they lock horns with the Foxes at national stadium on Saturday evening, Kepa Arrizabalaga could to be in starting lineup, according to Thomas Tuchel.

Mendy, who was brought to replacing Kepa in the Chelsea goal, expected to lead Blues starting XI against the Foxes on Saturday after establish himself as one of best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season.

However, Tuchel has confirmed that the Spaniard is going to take his place between the sticks at Wembley since was been selected in the cup competitions throughout the campaign.

He said: ‘He [Kepa] starts the FA Cup final, and we thought it was a good idea to give him the game before. We trust him and he deserves it.

‘That is the basis of why we put him in the line-up. He deserves it. He is so close and good in training. We wanted to give him some minutes and take both games together. It was an unlucky night for him as well.’

In further injury news, Thomas Tuchel will hope to be able to call on the services of N’Golo Kante at Wembley Stadium.

The tireless French midfielder was missing for the defeat against Arsenal, with the German confirming that an ankle injury kept him restricted to the sidelines.

‘N’Golo [was left out] for pain management,’ Tuchel said.

‘He has pain in the Achilles and he suffers from that. There was no chance [he could play] because we miss Kovacic [too].’

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