Chelsea suffer major double injury concern before Liverpool clash in Carabao Cup final

Chelsea have been dealt a potential double injury blow ahead of their Carabao Cup final against Liverpool.

The Reds take on Chelsea in the final of the competition at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Arsenal in their two-legged semi-final tie last month, while Chelsea saw off London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea have been in Champions League action on Tuesday night against Lille, just five days before the final against Liverpool.

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The early minutes of the second half at Stamford Bridge saw Chelsea dealt a double injury blow.

Just five minutes after the restart, Mateo Kovacic limped off the pitch with an unspecified muscle injury and was replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Video footage shown by BT Sport showed Kovacic in the tunnel shortly after he was substituted, where he struggled to walk – with physios alongside him appearing to hold a bag of ice.

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A few minutes later, Chelsea were dealt another injury blow when Hakim Ziyech went down with an ankle problem and was forced to be replaced by Saul Niguez.

Chelsea will likely have to wait a day or more before finding out the extent of the injuries suffered by Kovacic and Ziyech before giving an update on their fitness.

Liverpool themselves will be sweating on the fitness of Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota ahead of Sunday’s final, with both currently sidelined with injuries.

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