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Chelsea XI vs Arsenal: Confirmed team news and lineup predictions

Mateo Kovacic is also edging closer to returning to full fitness, targeting Saturday’s FA Cup final against Leicester City for his comeback from a hamstring strain. 

The centre-back will not be fit for Wednesday’s game against Arsenal and is facing a race to make the Cup final versus Leicester – but Tuchel is adamant he will be back in time for the Champions League showdown with City at the end of the month. 

“It was better than we feared,” said the Tuchel. “The images (scans) yesterday were much better. We hope he’ll be back for one of the two Leicester games. 

“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.”

Kovacic has not played since April 10 and Tuchel added: “We have to postpone his personal race, it’s on to try to make it into the squad for Wembley. 

“Kova is a big loss with his ability to drive with balls, with his speed on the ball, without the ball and Kova is such a positive character and such an unique player, a fighter, on whom you can always rely in training and games, has big experience although he’s still young.

“I can’t wait until he is back in full team training. He did some steps in the right direction and I hope he can join team training after Arsenal.”

Chelsea predicted XI:(3-4-2-1) Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Gilmour, Chilwell; Mount, Pulisic; Havertz

Injury list: Kovacic (thigh), Christensen (thigh)


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