Mateo Kovacic ruled out against Real Madrid through injury

Mateo Kovacic ruled out against Real Madrid through injury
The Croatian has failed to recover from a hamstring injury and will miss the second leg of the Champions League semi-final

Thomas Tuchel has ruled out Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid.

The Croatian has failed to recover from a hamstring injury that has kept him out in recent weeks.

There was better news for the German coach, who believes Antonio Rudiger will be able to play with a mask, after being forced out of the first leg in Valdebebas with a facial injury, before missing the win over Fulham.

He said: “Mateo will not be in the squad, Toni will play with a mask, because he trained with a mask.

“Everybody else is in training today. Everybody is available except for Mateo Kovacic.”

Tuchel also expects Sergio Ramos to return from injury for Real Madrid.

“Does Ramos play or not? This is a tough question,” Tuchel admitted. “We will see after the training.

“Does it change for Real Madrid? Yes, a lot. It’s the captain.

“The captain of the most successful team in Europe over the last few years. But we cannot lose our heads over this decision. I think he will start, we will prepare for that.”

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