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Chelsea are preparing to face Leicester City in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Ahead of the game, Thomas Tuchel provided team news update.
“If you have a goalkeeper for this competition, as we have had with Kepa, you don’t change in the final,” admitted Tuchel. “He is a part of the group, he brought us to the final so he deserves to play the final.”
On N’Golo Kante, Tuchel said: “We took the decision together, me and N’Golo [Kante] and the medical team, to leave him out and give him the Arsenal match to rest and have a treatment to the right Achilles.
“It was pain management, it is not a huge injury. It is nothing you need to be afraid of it getting big. It was just there and a bit annoying.
“Pain management and pain treatment. He did all the training sessions yesterday, today no complaints. He will start tomorrow and very likely finish the game for us.”
Tuchel also provided an update on Mateo Kovacic.
“It’s big news for us that Kova is back because he has a big impact on the dressing room around big matches. He’s a very positive guy so it’s good news,” said Tuchel.
Full Chelsea squad available to face Leicester:
Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero & Edouard Mendy.
Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Valentino Livramento, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso & Emerson.
Midfielders: Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Faustino Anjorin & Jorginho.
Strikers: Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner & Olivier Giroud.