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Chelsea team news: Tuchel offers Kante and Kovacic updates

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The Blues have received a major squad boost ahead of their upcoming clash against Leicester City.

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Mateo Kovacic is back in Chelsea’s squad while N’Golo Kante is still weeks away from full recovery.

The Blues hope to bounce back from their disappointing defeat against Leeds United when they host Leicester City on Saturday.

Tuchel confirms he has Kovacic back at his disposal after his knee injury. However, the 28-year-old is unlikely to start for the Blues.

“He’s back in the group. N’Golo is the only one that did not train now this week,” Tuchel told reporters in a pre-match press conference.

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“So everybody is back in training. Kova is back in the group and ready to play some 20 minutes [against Leicester].

“We miss him as a personality, his experience and his quality. It’s maybe 20 minutes at the moment. 

“It was his first training week without reaction in the knee so we cannot rush things otherwise we will just sabotage our own plans with him. 

“We need him long term. It’s good to have him back and as an option on the bench.”

Asked about Kante’s return, Tuchel responded: “We are talking about four weeks plus. 

“I told you at the end of last season he is our key player normally. He gives something to our team that no other player in the world can give to any other team. 

“That makes him a key player. If your key player is out, it’s a situation you don’t like but have to deal with. It has huge influence.”