Crystal Palace star Tyrick Mitchell winning fitness battle ahead of FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea
14th April 2022

TYRICK MITCHELL is winning his fitness battle ahead of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final.

The newly-capped England left-back, 22, came off with a calf problem in the 2-0 defeat at Leicester last Sunday.

There were fears that the injury may force him out of this weekend's Wembley showpiece against Chelsea.

That would have been a huge blow for Patrick Vieira's side, for whom Mitchell has been a star this season.

But SunSport understands the defender's chances of being available for the clash are looking positive. 

Mitchell won his first two Three Lions caps last month in the friendly wins over Switzerland and Ivory Coast.

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He is among the very best in the Premier League when it comes to defensive actions, ranking second for tackles won and tackle success rate against dribblers.

The semi-final against Chelsea will be their first Wembley appearance in six years – when they lost in the FA Cup final to Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of being eliminated from the Champions League.

Despite going 3-0 ahead at the Bernabeu, goals from Rodrygo and Los Blancos talisman Karim Benzema condemned Chelsea to a 5-4 aggregate defeat.

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It leaves the FA Cup as the last realistic chance of the Blues winning any silverware this season.

They have won the competition eight times, with the most recent coming in the 2017/18 season and they will hoping to go one better this year after losing to Leicester and Arsenal in the last two seasons.

On the other hand, Palace will be hoping to earn a spot in the FA Cup final for just the third time in their history.

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