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Thursday, April 21, 2022

“It comes down to severity” – Injury expert predicts when Mateo Kovacic can return to action for Chelsea after ligament injury

  According to injury expert Ben Dinnery, Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic could make it back in time for the Blues' FA Cup final cla...

 

According to injury expert Ben Dinnery, Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic could make it back in time for the Blues' FA Cup final clash against Liverpool .

 The match is scheduled for 14 May at Wembley. The Croat picked up a ligament injury against Crystal Palace in the semi-finals of the competition on 17 April.

Speaking to Football Insider, the medical practitioner explained that he expected the 27- year-old to be out for weeks following his setback. He said:

“There is obviously ligament damage there, which tells us a lot about the problem. It comes down to severity and it looks like a possible grade two.

 In terms of timelines, we are indeed probably looking at around two to four weeks. But ultimately I don’t think it will be season-ending and I certainly would not rule him out for the FA Cup final."

Chelsea are currently in the final stretch of their campaign and will hope to have the Croat available for selection.

 Kovacic has been a key part of the Chelsea setup since his arrival in 2018 on loan, becoming permanent the following season. He will be a welcome option for manager Thomas Tuchel heading into the final.

The Blues seem to have already sewn up Champions League qualification for next season as they are third in the Premier League .

 Tuchel, however, will hope to throw a spanner in Jurgen Klopp’s ambitions to lift a fantastic quadruple by snatching the FA cup from Liverpool's grasp.

The Blues lost to Leicester City in the FA Cup final last season and to Arsenal the previous season. They will hope that they are third time lucky.

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