Chelsea may have allegedly received a major boost ahead of the FA Cup final after it was stated that midfielder Mateo Kovacic’s ankle injury isn’t as bad as first feared.

During the first half of this week’s 3-0 victory over Leeds United, the Croatian was on the receiving end of a nasty challenge from Daniel James, who was later handed a red card.

After the match at Elland Road, Blues manager Thomas Tuchel suggested that the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid player would require “a miracle” to play at Wembley Stadium.

However, according to The Times’ Tom Roddy, the ankle injury picked up by him is not as severe as initially feared.

Mateo is in line to feature in training in an attempt to prove his fitness ahead of the showdown with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

The 28-year-old has made a total of 29 starts and 11 substitute outings for his side in all competitions during the 2021-22 term, the German tactician adding on Wednesday that he’d have been a certain starter versus the Merseyside giants.


In other news, Chelsea are supposedly still eyeing Seville’s France international Jules Kounde, according to the latest reports.