Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has returned to the club’s training ground in Cobham, as he ramps up his recovery from an achilles injury sustained against Sheffield United last weekend, via football.london.
The Croatian was sent home early from international duty on Monday, after medical examinations revealed that he has an inflamed achilles and will not be able to play a part in his national side’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Slovakia and Azerbaijan.
The 25-year-old will hope to be fit for Chelsea’s trip to Wolves on 14 September, though an official date has yet to be placed on his return to action.
Kovacic’s injury will come as a blow to Chelsea, who are already missing Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Antonio Rudiger and N’Golo Kante through injury, though the latter two names on that list are expected to return to the first-team fold after the international break, per football.london.
Hudson-Odoi could return at the end of this month, however, which will come as extremely welcome news to the Blues, who are yet to see the 18-year-old in action this term. Loftus-Cheek is making a steady recovery from the achilles injury he sustained at the end of last season, but won’t be fit enough to play until earliest November, according to Physio Room.
Kovacic has started this season promisingly for Chelsea, providing one assist for the west Londoners in his opening four Premier League appearances.
The former Real Madrid man has also averaged an 87.7% pass success rate, alongside 2 tackles and 3.3 dribbles per match so far (via WhoScored), so will be sorely missed if he does not make a recovery in time for the Blues’ trip to Molineux on 14 September.
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