Chelsea hit with a double injury kick as Mateo Kovacic and Hakim Ziyech limped off during Lille game

With the score 1-0 following an early header from Kai Havertz, Thomas Tuchel’s side appeared to have controlled the draw until their French opponents began to develop into the game towards the end of the first half. -time.

Shortly after the break, other problems appeared.

Mateo Kovacic, who has already missed eight games due to a combination of illness and injury, limped off and was duly substituted by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Minutes later, Hakim Ziyech limped off, appearing to hold his ankle after falling to the ground without any contact. The Moroccan, who has established himself as a key player in recent weeks, has been replaced by Saul Niguez.

With Liverpool up next in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, the thought of missing out on both players will be a real worry for Tuchel, especially given Mason Mount’s fitness doubts.

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