MATEO KOVACIC is expected to be fine after suffering a thigh injury in Chelsea’s win over Cardiff.
The Real Madrid loanee suffered a heavy blow to his right leg during the first half of yesterday’s encounter.
Chelsea came from behind to prevail 4-1 victors at Stamford Bridge, largely thanks to an Eden Hazard hat-trick.
Kovacic was impressive once again until he was forced off early in the second half.
The midfielder failed to shake off his first-half blow and was replaced on 50 minutes by Ross Barkley.
In-form Chelsea have a busy period coming up with Europa League football being added to their schedule now.
Maurizio Sarri’s side go to Greece on Thursday to play PAOK before travelling across London to face rivals West Ham next Sunday in their next Premier League game.
Kovacic has played an important role in Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the campaign, with the Blues’ win over Cardiff continuing their 100 per cent record so far.
And Sarri should not have anything to fear about the Croatia international and World Cup finalist it seems.
“He said it was nothing serious”
Asked if he was worried about an injury to Kovacic, Sarri said: “No. No.
“I spoke to the doctor a minute [ago] and he said it was nothing serious.”
Chelsea boss Sarri has a host of midfielders to choose from in the squad.
Kovacic would likely have been rested for the PAOK game anyway with Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Danny Drinkwater looking for minutes.
Cesc Fabregas is also an option but has seen the beginning of his season disrupted by injury.
Sarri should subsequently have Kovacic back in his side at the London Stadium next weekend.