MATEO KOVACIC is considered an injury doubt for Chelsea’s crunch showdown with Tottenham.
The Real Madrid loanee failed to feature for Croatia during the international break.
He played no part of the 3-2 UEFA Nations League win over Spain last week.
And he was then ruled out of Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to England at Wembley.
Kovacic was asked in the mixed zone after the game in west London by ESPN journalist Liam Twoney how his injury was.
The Chelsea star, who has a ‘small muscular’ problem, is said to have replied: “Good. Better.”
But there is still a big chance he will be unavailable for selection on Saturday evening.
Should Kovacic travel, he will be back at Wembley for the second time in a week.
However, Maurizio Sarri could well be without the 24-year-old in his midfield for the Spurs match.
The Sun say Kovacic is a doubt after missing the England Nations League game.
As a result, Chelsea’s unbeaten manager will likely turn to Ross Barkley, who has been a revelation this season.
Jorginho and N’Golo Kante are expected to continue in the middle with Barkley the likely third man.
Other options would include Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Kovacic has played in 10 of Chelsea’s 12 Premier League games this term, starting seven times.
And the Blues will want him back as soon as possible.
After the Tottenham fixture, Chelsea are in action at home to PAOK in the Europa League next Thursday.
They then host another London rival in Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday December 2.