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The latest on Hakim Ziyech and Mateo Kovacic injuries ahead of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final with Liverpool


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Chelsea have been handed a boost on the injury front as it has emerged that both Hakim Ziyech and Mateo Kovacic should be fit enough to feature in the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool on Sunday.

Both players were forced off with knocks in the Champions League first-leg win over Lille at Stamford Bridge, having to be substituted with what looked to be significant injuries.

However, as per the often reliable Nathan Gissing, neither injury is as serious as both feared, with both players picking up impact injuries.

Gissing reports that ‘Kovacic got a kick in the back and Ziyech a kick to his achilles’, however, both are ready to be fit for the clash at Wembley.

In addition, both Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are also ready to return to first-team training on Thursday, providing Thmas Tuchel with a further boost in personnel.

Chelsea aim to stop Juggernaught

Chelsea face an uphill struggle to come back from Wembley with a first domestic trophy under Thomas Tuchel, with Liverpool in free-scoring form and expecting to be able to recall Diogo Jota after injury.

The Reds have won their last six consecutive Premier League games, scoring 18 goals in the process. Meanwhile, while Chelsea have won their last 6 in all competitions, they have won just two of their last 5 Premier League games, scoring just 6 times.


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It promises to be a fascinating encounter.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 26 46 63
2 Liverpool FC 26 50 60
3 Chelsea FC 25 31 50
4 Manchester United 26 10 46
5 West Ham United 26 11 42
6 Arsenal FC 23 10 42
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 5 40
8 Tottenham Hotspur 24 -1 39
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 25 -3 33
10 Southampton FC 25 -5 32
11 Crystal Palace 26 -1 29
12 Leicester City 23 -6 27
13 Aston Villa 24 -6 27
14 Brentford FC 26 -15 24
15 Leeds United 25 -27 23
16 Everton FC 23 -12 22
17 Newcastle United 24 -19 22
18 Burnley FC 23 -8 20
19 Watford FC 25 -22 18
20 Norwich City 25 -38 17
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 19
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 12
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 11
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 9
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 9
Raphinha Leeds United 9
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 8
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 8
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 8
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 7
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 7

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