Thomas Tuchel’s men are suffered a setback in their race to finish in the top-four on Wednesday night after suffering narrowly defeat local rivals Arsenal.
Just days ahead of FA Cup final, the west London club lost at home after Jorginho’s defensive howler led to the Emile Smith-Rowe winner, though Chelsea missed a lot chance, hitting the bar twice, while they were also denied two potential penalties.
Despite suffered home defeat to Arsenal, Tuchel’s team remains in the race for top-four but they must win their remaining Premier League fixtures in order to secure top-four spot as Liverpool, who defeat United 4-2 last night will move within a point should they win their games in hand.
Chelsea, who book UEFA Champions League final with Manchester City, now switch their attention to the FA Cup final against Leicester as west London club aiming to lift their ninth FA Cup and first major trophy under Thomas Tuchel, who appointed as Blues head coach towards the end of January.
Ahead of Tuchel’s team visit national stadium on Saturday evening, here we have rounded up all the latest injury news.
Mateo Kovacic, who battle with muscular injury problem, expected to return to action against Leicester on Saturday evening.
The Croatian midfielder, who had been excellent under Thomas Tuchel, missed Blues previous nine games, and according to German coach, Kovacic could be in contention in Saturday’s final against Leicester.
‘He [Kovacic] isn’t ready for tomorrow,’ Tuchel said of Kovacic’s injury ahead of the Arsenal game.
‘We have to postpone his personal race, it’s on to try to make it into the squad for Wembley.’
Andreas Christensen is another doubt after picking up an injury against Manchester City.
He missed Blues home loss to Arsenal and there’s also doubt whether he will be fit for the FA Cup final this weekend.
‘It [Christensen’s injury] was better than we feared, the images yesterday were much better. We hope he’ll be back for one of the two Leicester games,’ Tuchel said before the Gunners game.
‘It will be a tough one but the season isn’t finished for him hopefully. We have realistic hopes the latest he can come back is Aston Villa.’
N’Golo Kante, who believed given a breather ahead of FA Cup final, reportedly suffered ankle injury that left him out of Arsenal clash.
‘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].’
However, the tireless French midfielder is expected to back in action on Saturday and helping his side’s to win first major trophy under Tuchel by defeat his old club, Leicester, who seeing of United in the semi-final of the competitions.
Edouard Mendy was given a breather for the Arsenal clash, but with Kepa Arrizabalaga playing the FA Cup games this season, Tuchel was attempting to give the Spaniard minutes to get comfortable ahead of starting the final.
Tuchel said ahead of the Arsenal clash: ‘He (Kepa) starts the 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 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 to take both games together. It was an unlucky night for him as well.’
Edouard Mendy is not likely to return to the starting lineup until the next Premier League outing, also against Leicester City.
Christian Pulisic, was seen walking gingerly down the touchline, at the end of 90 minutes of action in the shocked defeat to Arsenal in mid-week, but perhaps he’ll be able to shake it off and play this weekend while Antonio Rudiger, who rest against Arsenal should back into Blues back-line against Leicester.