Tuchel Hopes Chelsea's Kovacic Can Play Through Pain In FA Cup Final
Zeeshan Mehtab Published May 13, 2022 | 08:56 PM
Thomas Tuchel hopes Mateo Kovacic can play through the pain barrier as the Chelsea midfielder battles to recover from an ankle injury in time for Saturday's FA Cup final against Liverpool
London, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th May, 2022 ) :Thomas Tuchel hopes Mateo Kovacic can play through the pain barrier as the Chelsea midfielder battles to recover from an ankle injury in time for Saturday's FA Cup final against Liverpool.
Kovacic limped out of Wednesday's 3-0 win at Leeds after being caught by Daniel James in a tackle that led to the winger's dismissal.
Despite having a heavily swollen ankle, Kovacic planned to train on Friday in an effort to show he is ready to face quadruple-chasing Liverpool this weekend.
"The ligament is anyway stretched from the last incident, so there's no new injury but heavy pain, and it's heavily swollen.
"In the game (at Leeds) he was very good and in general he has stepped up again," Tuchel said of Kovacic.
"The quality and personality, his dribbling, carrying the ball, driving with the ball is excellent, a top team player." Tuchel also addressed the latest debate about Romelu Lukaku's future, insisting it would not be a distraction ahead of the final.
Lukaku has endured a difficult season following his 97 million ($118 million) move from Inter Milan, although he has scored three goals in his last two games to push for a place in the team at Wembley.
"If he plans to talk with the owner maybe it's not his plan to talk with me, so fair enough. Let's see if he gets a meeting and he can get to talk, that's his right," Tuchel said.
"That's what it is sometimes in football, the attention is so high that sometimes it attracts situations that you don't want to have before big matches. But that's the way it is.
"For me it's not a distraction and hopefully for everybody who works for the team, and the player himself."