Tuchel provides injury update on Mateo Kovacic, Antonio Rudiger, rules two Chelsea stars vs Fulham

Thomas Tuchel confirmed Mateo Kovacic has suffered a ‘little setback’ in training and will not be able to feature as hoped against Fulham, while the knock Toni Rudiger sustained in Madrid will keep him out of the weekend game.

Mateo Kovacic will miss his sixth game in a row, according to the Blues boss.

“Unfortunately he’s still injured,” said Tuchel.

“He trained with us but he’s still not fully confident. He felt something at the end of the training so he’s not available.

“Before training today, we thought Kova has a big chance to join us latest for Madrid, maybe even for Fulham, so now we have a little setback with him. I don’t want to be too negative. Let’s see how he feels tomorrow.

“All other players are available except for Toni Rudiger who got injured in the last minute of the Madrid game. I am quite positive for Toni [being available] for Wednesday.”