Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that N’Golo Kante will be available for Chelsea when they face Manchester City in the FA Cup on Saturday, speaking in his press conference.

A semi-final at Wembley awaits the Blues and City tomorrow, just days after their respective Champions League challenges.

Chelsea faced Porto in Sevilla, whilst Pep Guardiola’s side took on Borussia Dortmund at their home ground.

Chelsea FC v Porto  - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Leg Two
SEVILLE, SPAIN – APRIL 13: Recee James of Chelsea celebrates their victory with his teammates as goalkeeper Agustín Marchesin of FC Porto is comforted after the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Chelsea FC and FC Porto at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on April 13, 2021 in Seville, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain 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 Gonzalo Arroyo – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Both games will have taken a toll on the players, especially those who have had prior injury problems.

Kante certainly comes under that category, having just recovered from a minor hamstring problem.

He played the full 90 minutes against Porto on Tuesday, but may have been a doubt for the City clash because of such a quick turnaround.

Chelsea FC v Porto  - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Leg Two
SEVILLE, SPAIN – APRIL 13: N’Golo Kante (L) of Chelsea competes for the ball with Matheus Uribe (R) of FC Porto during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Chelsea FC and FC Porto at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on April 13, 2021 in Seville, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain 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 Gonzalo Arroyo – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

However, Tuchel reassured Blues fans that the France international had been cleared to play this weekend.

The German coach said: “We have the green light for N’Golo, because we had three games in between which for him makes a big difference.”

This will come as a massive boost for Chelsea, considering that Mateo Kovacic won’t feature versus City.

FC Porto v Chelsea - UEFA Champions League
SEVILLE, SPAIN – APRIL 7: Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Porto v Chelsea at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on April 7, 2021 in Seville Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Kovacic suffered a set-back prior to the Porto fixture and hadn’t recovered in time for the next contest.

Andreas Christensen is the only other absentee, with Tuchel relaying an otherwise full bill of health from his squad.  

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