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Chelsea suffer FA Cup final blow with Kai Havertz ruled out with injury

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ai Havertz has been ruled out of Saturday’s FA Cup final with Liverpool at Wembley after picking up a hamstring problem.

The Germany international has largely established himself as Thomas Tuchel’s first choice in attack despite the big-money signing of Romelu Lukaku over the summer.

While the Belgium international has been in fine form of late – scoring three goals in his last two Premier League outings – Havertz’s importance in the final for Chelsea cannot be underestimated.

It was he who netted the winner of the Champions League final against Manchester City in Lisbon, while Havertz’s penalty in the dying embers of the Club World Cup final against Palmeiras secured the only trophy who had eluded the club in the days of Roman Abramovich.

Lukaku was brought back to the side, playing in the middle and flanked by Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic.

In reserve, Tuchel can turn to Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.


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