After suffering a hamstring injury in training, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel believes Mateo Kovacic could miss “a few weeks.”

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Kovacic has had a strong start to the season, scoring once and assisting five times in nine Premier League outings.

Tuchel is already without forwards Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, and the 27-year-old Croatia midfielder has started eight of those games. He could now be ruled out until after the November international break.

“We had very sad news on Thursday. He injured himself in the last minute of training,” Tuchel told reporters ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Newcastle on Saturday.

“He suffered a hamstring injury and will be out for some weeks actually, next week for sure and then comes the international break.

“Hopefully after the international break he will be back. He was doing a little bit too much in training so it’s my fault a little bit.”

Chelsea got some good news with Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta returning to training after missing the Carabao Cup win over Southampton in midweek, but Lukaku, Werner, and Christian Pulisic are still sidelined.


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