The Croatian midfielder is yet to feature in any Premier League action this season. He was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Everton in their Premier League opener at Goodison Park.
He missed Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Tottenham and their 3-0 defeat to Leeds United last weekend.
Mateo Kovacic returned to the pitch this week after two weeks of injury. His return from injury will be a major boost for Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea, as the club is missing N’Golo Kante through injury. Thomas Tuchel had to play the midfield part of Jorginho and Conor Gallagher in their defeat to Leeds United.
Kovacic is in line for his first Premier League start this weekend against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
What did Mateo Kovacic say about his return to training?
The Croatian midfielder told the Chelsea media after training, saying: “It is nice to be back on the pitch after I missed two weeks. It has been tough to come back, but it’s very nice and I cannot wait to be back with the boys on the pitch. I am ready for what is coming,’ Kovacic told Chelsea TV.
“I hate it [being ruled out]. It was tough, but the injury gives you something to improve more on the other side. I improved in the gym a little bit. I did some extra work and I feel good now about starting.
“I am very nervous on the sidelines; I hate not being on the pitch as it is so difficult. I try to support the team in both good and tough moments, and I think it is important that everybody is involved. We act as a group and continue what we are doing for the last few years. That is how it should be.”
Mateo Kovacic also revealed that the team is training hard ahead of their Premier League game against Leicester City on Saturday.
“That’s why the training today was so tough, maybe not so much for the other boys!,” The 28-year-old revealed.
“It is not easy to miss part of pre-season, but injuries happen in football and I need to come back stronger.”