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Chelsea suffer major injury blow ahead of FA Cup final against Liverpool

Chelsea are likely to be without Mateo Kovacic for this weekend’s FA Cup final against Liverpool.

Kovacic had to be substituted during the first half of their 3-0 win at Leeds United on Wednesday night.

The Croatian midfielder was on the end of a horror tackle from Dan James, which saw the ex-Manchester United forward sent off.

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, was asked about Kovacic at the end of the match at Elland Road.

He replied: “I only saw [the tackle] from a distance on the iPad because I was not watching the match at that very second, but if I see Kova’s foot right now, then there is no doubt it should be a red card,” he said.

“It’s the same ankle again. It’s very, very painful and it’s very bad news on a nice evening.

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