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Report: Mateo Kovacic & Callum Hudson Likely to Return for Chelsea Before End of the Season

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Mateo Kovacic and Callum Hudson-Odoi are both expected to return from injury to play for Chelsea before the end of the season, according to reports.

Hudson-Odoi hasn't featured since the beginning of March due to an achilles problem, while Kovacic sustained ankle injury during their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup semi-finals earlier this month. 

Fortunately for Tuchel, he has plenty of options in attack to cover for the absence of Hudson-Odoi, however the centre of midfield has been more challenging because of the quality and influence the Croatian provides and has provided for the Blues this term. 

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Chelsea welcomed back Antonio Rudiger (groin/hamstring) and Reece James (hamstring) to training on Tuesday morning ahead of their Premier League trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Thursday evening. 

Now Nizaar Kinsella has provided a further injury update on Kovacic and Hudson-Odoi. Both are on course to play again this season with the pair close to return. 

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When could the pair return?

Before Chelsea suffered a 4-2 home defeat to Arsenal in April, Tuchel confirmed that Kovacic would hopefully be out for only two weeks, seeing a likely return in May sometime.

“Kova (has a) ligament injury. Hopefully not longer than two weeks. This is a long time for us in terms of games. Hopefully as short as possible."

For Hudson-Odoi, it still remains incredibly unclear when he will return. Tuchel admitted before Arsenal that "it’s day by day, still not possible to join team training". 


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