Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that both Mateo Kovacic and Andreas Christensen will sit out tomorrow's London Derby with Arsenal through injury.
Chelsea head coach ruled the pair out of tomorrow's clash at Stamford Bridge when offering an update at his Pre-match press conference and revealed when the duo are going to be fit again and ready for selection.
‘No, Kova is not ready for tomorrow,' said Tuchel.
‘We have many games coming up and his personal race is postponed to try and make it to be in the squad for our our FA Cup final at Wembley,' Tuchel.
‘With Andreas, the injury was better than we feared, much better.
‘We hope he will be back for one of the two Leicester games but it will be a tough one for him and we won't rush him,' said the head coach.
The season is not over for him and we hope to have him back for one of those games, or at the very latest for him to be back for our match against Aston Villa.' Tuchel commented further on the injury Christensen suffered in their win at Manchester City, with the Dane having had a scan to determine the extent of the injury.
The boss is hopeful the defender can still return to action sooner rather than later, with the head coach expressing how vital Andreas has been to his side. Andreas has been crucial in the games he has played, We missed him around the time we played Porto with a hamstring injury and now he has a small tendon problem,' said Tuchel.
‘He is very crucial in the back three and can play all three positions. He is very calm but a tough one to play against. He uses his body well in individual duals and good with his passing,' Tuchel concluded.
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