Graham Potter has defined shock Liverpool absence along with his damage record set to ease for all-London conflict
Mateo Kovacic missed Chelsea’s 0-0 draw away at Liverpool as a consequence of a minor calf damage, based on Graham Potter.
Unexpectedly, the 28-year-old midfielder was not current for the match at Anfield; nevertheless, it was later found that he had been injured in the course of the earlier weekend’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at dwelling.
Chelsea now has 10 gamers on its injured record as a consequence of Kovacic’s absence. Supervisor Potter allayed considerations over the Croatian’s health, and he expects to have him again for the February 3 match towards Fulham at Stamford Bridge in one other London derby.
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“He just felt a little bit of tightness in his calf but we are hopeful for Fulham,” Potter instructed Chelsea TV. “He felt it at the end of the Crystal Palace game.
“That was a blow for us but we coped with it well and that’s a credit to the boys who came in.”
Reece James, Ben Chilwell, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have all resumed coaching whereas having their recuperations carefully monitored to stop additional harm.
They’ve over two weeks to prepare for the Fulham encounter after Manchester Metropolis’s elimination of Chelsea from each home cup tournaments.
The Blues are hoping that Wesley Fofana and Raheem Sterling can be wholesome sufficient to play once more within the subsequent two weeks as they await a rare run of accidents to finish.