Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel announced at his press conference that Mateo Kovacic and Antonio Rudiger will not be available this weekend, questioning the presence of both against Real Madrid in the return leg of the Champions League semi-finals.
remains out with a hamstring injury after a little setback, while
also misses out after sustaining an injury against Real.
The pair will certainly not feature againstFulham
in the Premier League but Tuchel is hopeful to have the German defender at his disposal againstReal Madrid
Speaking at his Premier League pre-match press conference on Friday, Tuchel said when asked if Kovacic will return
: "No, unfortunately not, he is still injured. He trained with us, but he's still not fully confident, he felt something at the end of training. So he's not available unfortunately.
"All the others are available except for Toni Rudiger, who got injured in the last minute of the Madrid game. Everybody else is available."
Asked if the players are doubts for the Madrid match, Tuchel said
: "Yeah, for sure. Before training today we thought that Kova had a big chance to join us latest for Madrid, maybe even for today. So now we have a little setback, not a big one, with him.
"I don't want to be too negative, let's see how he is tomorrow. For Toni, I'm quite positive for Wednesday."