'He is out there': Sky journalist says £40m Chelsea player was definitely in training today

Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has been spotted by Sky journalist Rob Wootton back in training ahead of Chelsea’s London derby with Arsenal on Sunday.

The Croatian was absent from the matchday squad for the victory in the Champions League this week against Dinamo Zagreb.

Injuries have become a mounting problem for Graham Potter to deal with in his first few months at the club.

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On Wednesday, Ben Chilwell added his name to the lengthening list of casualties at the club, as he was forced off late with a hamstring injury.

Fellow defender Cesar Azpilicueta was also seen hobbling late, with Reece James already firmly on the treatment table.

However, Wootton may have issued some positive news regarding the potential of Kovacic featuring on Sunday.

Kovacic back in training

He said: “Kovacic, who missed training on Tuesday and wasn’t even in the matchday squad on Wednesday because of a calf niggle. He is out there, so obviously in the running to be selected.”

Chelsea fans will be hopeful they have as many of their first team players fit as possible, with Arsenal coming to town as the dominant table-toppers of the Premier League.

The Gunners have only dropped points on two occasions in the league this season, and will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the pile over Manchester City.

Kovacic has been a crucial player for the Blues in recent seasons in particular, after joining the club for around £40m.

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They should feel confident at playing at Chelsea’s home too, with them picking up a 4-2 win over the Blues late last season.

Kovacic will surely be a starter if he is fit. His ability to play in the box-to-box midfield role is only rivalled by Mason Mount, and the pair have already played together in those roles on a number of occasions since Potter came in.

He could see himself feature alongside Denis Zakaria, who impressed on his debut on Wednesday.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.