The Croatian maestro, 28, hobbled off the field of play after James was shown a straight red card for a poorly timed tackle mid-way through the first half. Replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek on the half-hour mark, Kovacic was filmed complaining to the bench as Leeds fans jeered and heckled him taking a seat in the dugout.
The Chelsea star was then pictured giving out a wry smile to those gesticulating from the Jack Charlton Stand.
Though it seems Kovacic had the last laugh as the Blues recorded a comfortable 3-0 win at Elland Road to all but guarantee a place in the Champions League next season.
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