Chelsea centre-back Thiago Silva has been pictured back on the training pitch at Cobham.
The Brazilian international hasn’t played since injuring his knee during the 2-0 defeat to Tottenham in late February and he was scheduled to return to action within six weeks. Silva seems to be almost bang on schedule in terms of his return date and fans on Twitter are keenly anticipating the defender’s first-team comeback:
A beautiful, hopeful sight.
— Marsha McLean (@mclean_marsha) April 10, 2023
The most happiest news I heard about Chelsea in a long time
— Engr. Salako Babatunde 💯🇳🇬🏴💯💦 (@Mosco2050) April 10, 2023
Oh how we've missed thee
— Matt Grady (@MattTG79) April 10, 2023
We missed him!
— Ibrahim~ (@IbrahimaB14) April 10, 2023
We need our leaders now more than ever 💙💙
— Josh Jr (@JoshJr89111205) April 11, 2023
Just play him if he is fit I don’t want to see koulibaly at all
He just makes mistakes when it’s matter the most
— Swagata Dhara (@SwagataDhara4) April 10, 2023
— Elegbon 👴 (@CledonClement) April 10, 2023
The boost this man brings to the team and the coordination in defense is immense.
— Prince (@psamkelv) April 10, 2023
It’s unlikely that Silva will be available to start against Real Madrid due to the length of time that he has spent on the sidelines.
However, it is still excellent news for interim boss Frank Lampard, who will be keen to reintroduce the 38-year-old to the team as soon as possible.
Having someone of Silva’s experience available again should make the world of difference. His presence on the pitch will improve defensive organisation and help the younger players perform to the best of their ability.