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Thomas Tuchel rules key player out of Sunday's match against Tottenham

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has revealed that Mateo Kovacic is unavailable for Sunday's Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur. Thomas Tuchel was asked in his pre-match press conference this afternoon about injury concerns going into the Tottenham clash and one big name who many tipped to start this weekend is expected to miss out.

Mateo Kovacic was left on the bench for last weekend's game against Everton and he is set to miss the Tottenham game with a knee problem, Thomas Tuchel has confirmed.

Tuchel has confirmed today that Kovacic is undergoing treatment on a knee injury. The 28-year-old’s a crucial player in the centre of the park for Chelsea, so he’ll be a big loss against rivals Spurs.

Hopefully, it’s not a problem that will lead to any long-term absence. There’s no timeframe on any potential return yet, though. 

According to Chelsea correspondent Adam Newson, the Croatian's injury isn't a fresh problem as he had strapping on his knee during the pre-season tour of America, so it is clearly something the midfielder has been nursing for an extended spell.

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