Chelsea supporters started to hide behind the sofa after hearing that Mateo Kovacic might miss the FA Cup semi-final match against Manchester City on Saturday.

Thomas Tuchel confirmed in his post-match press conference following the Blues Champions League tie with Porto that Kovacic was unlikely to feature this weekend.

He marked it down as a hamstring problem for the Croatian international.

This was not the news Chelsea fans were hoping to hear ahead of their massive clash with City.

Kovacic has been quite brilliant since Tuchel took the reins at Stamford Bridge.

In fact, his levels have rarely dipped since he joined Chelsea in 2018.

The 26-year-old was named the clubs Player of the Year in 2019/20 for his elegant performances under Frank Lampard.

A new manager didn’t mean a new way of playing for Kovacic, who is now one of Tuchel’s most important squad members.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 27: Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel the head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

But he will be a big blow going into the cup fixture with Man City, especially after Jorginho and N’Golo Kante both played 90 minutes during Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to Porto yesterday.

Tuchel may have wanted to rest one of the two midfielder pair, who put in a massive shift against their Portuguese opponents.

An even greater effort will be required when the Blues take on Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering team and they could have certainly done with some fresh legs to do so.

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