Chelsea midfielder Kovacic out of Real Madrid return-leg clash
Injury

Chelsea midfielder Kovacic out of Real Madrid return-leg clash

Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has revealed midfielder Matteo Kovacic will miss the home tie against Real Madrid on Wednesday. 

Kovacic has been on the sidelines with a hamstring problem and has missed a number of Chelsea matches including the recent victory over Fulham. Teammate Antonio Rudiger, who has also been on the sidelines is expected to play with a mask against Madrid tomorrow. 

"Mateo will not be in the squad and I think Toni will play with a mask," said Tuchel. 

On squad 

"It is the best feeling to arrive with almost a full squad in good shape. Everything is almost open for the second leg."

On Pulisic

"It is good that he accepts this number. It sets the tone and dreams that he wants to achieve. The downside is he gets compared with no10s that have been at Chelsea and around the world."