“The good news is that we are now totally focused on the game, no other subjects around. No other motivations, no demotivations, rumours or whatever out there.
“Me personally I think we can hope for Fulham. But don’t take it for granted or as medical advice, that’s just my personal decision.
“Maybe the physios and doctors will kill me for that but I think it’s maybe possible to be back again for Fulham, which is between the Madrid games.”
It appears that the significance of the first leg of a Champions League semi-final has counted against Kovacic, with the Croatian yet to return to training.