Mateo Kovacic, Andreas Christensen – Chelsea team news and injury latest ahead of Arsenal clash

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Chelsea are back in action this evening when they welcome London rivals Arsenal to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are now heading full steam towards a top-four finish with a place in both the Champions League and FA Cup finals already booked.

Chelsea are currently in fourth, six points ahead of West Ham United in fifth and seven ahead of Liverpool in sixth, though the Reds do have a game in hand.

A win over Arsenal this evening would put Thomas Tuchel’s men on the brink of wrapping up a top-four spot, but they won’t be helped by two key injury concerns.

Here’s the latest on the injury front.

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Mateo Kovacic

Chelsea have been without Mateo Kovacic for eight games through a muscular injury.

The Croat had been excellent under Thomas Tuchel up until his injury, but the Blues have been equally impressive without him, perhaps making it difficult for the midfielder to break back into the starting XI.

Though, Kovacic won’t have the opportunity to break into the starting XI until the FA Cup final this weekend at the earliest with Tuchel ruling him out for this one.

“He [Kovacic] isn’t ready for tomorrow,” he said. “We have to postpone his personal race, it’s on to try to make it into the squad for Wembley.”

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Andreas Christensen

The other absentee is centre-back Andreas Christensen, who picked up a knock in the win over Manchester City.

Christensen will sit out the Arsenal clash, and maybe even the FA Cup final this weekend.

“It [Christensen’s injury] was better than we feared, the images yesterday were much better. We hope he’ll be back for one of the two Leicester games,” Tuchel added.

“It will be a tough one but the season isn’t finished for him hopefully. We have realistic hopes the latest he can come back is Aston Villa.”

Source by Football London

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