Thomas Tuchel admits Mateo Kovacic’s ankle injury ‘does not look good’

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says Mateo Kovacic’s ankle injury “doesn’t look good” after the midfielder withdrew from Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final win over Crystal Palace.

The 27-year-old lasted just 26 minutes before being replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who went on to score the first goal in Chelsea’s 2-0 win.

Tuchel was unable to provide many details immediately after the match, but stated that the midfielder’s injury “doesn’t look good”.

“Not good,” Tuchel said. Chelsea Kovacic TV.

‘He has a big, swollen ankle. He doesn’t look good and he’s in pain.

“So let’s wait for the examination but it looks like a big injury.”

Chelsea don’t seem to have much to play for in the league, other than holding onto third place, which they seem to be doing fairly effectively, even though they face Arsenal, West Ham and Manchester United in the following weeks.

Chelsea’s last important game of the season was set for Sunday with their victory over Palace, and the Blues are now set to face Liverpool in the FA Cup final on May 13.