Mateo Kovacic ruled out of Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City with hamstring injury

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Thomas Tuchel felt ‘sad’ for Mateo Kovacic after Chelsea midfielder suffered a hamstring injury before Porto collided and will now miss the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City

  • Midfielder Kovacic sustained a hamstring injury during training on Monday
  • The Chelsea boss had to start Kante despite doubts about his fitness
  • Blues completed a 2–1 aggregate victory over Porto in the Champions League

Chelsea were without the injured Mateo Kovacic who suffered a hamstring injury during training on Monday and now misses Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

That forced Thomas Tuchel to start N’Golo Kante despite his doubts that the Frenchman could keep up the entire game, which he rightly did.

Tuchel said, ‘It was a muscle injury, out of the blue, [for Kovacic] it was just a little exercise to work up a sweat and he felt his hamstring.

The injured Mateo Kovacic now misses Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City

‘I was sad for him because we don’t have many experienced players who have played so many Champions League matches.

‘I felt sad for Mateo and we did it for him, but N’Golo is an incredible player, he’s like one and a half or two players. Everyone who sees him for the first time loves him and now my family loves him when they watch our games now.

“It’s so nice to have him. He wins so many balls, gives confidence to everyone and I am the same. ‘

Thomas Tuchel had to change his plans for the game in Porto after Kovacic's injury

Thomas Tuchel had to change his plans for the game in Porto after Kovacic’s injury

Chelsea took a 2-1 total victory over Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

The Blues now face Real Madrid or Liverpool in their first Champions League semi-final since 2014.

Chelsea always had the upper hand in Tuesday’s return leg after last week’s 2-0 win thanks to goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell.

Porto took a goal in extra time in the second half, but never really threatened to turn the draw upside down.

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