Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has played down fears that centre-back Thiago Silva picked up an injury in last night’s 0-0 draw against Sevilla.
The 36-year-old got up gingerly after landing awkwardly in the second half of the Champions League group match but asked after the game about whether the defender had suffered any ill effects from the fall, Lampard said he had not been informed of any issue:
“He has not flagged it, so I think we are okay. I thought Thiago showed the things I have spoken about, his experiences and qualities.”
Silva’s experience and assuring presence at the back undoubtedly helped the Blues keep a clean sheet against Sevilla and supporters will be hoping he is fit for this weekend’s game against Manchester United.
Hakim Ziyech has yet to start his first game for Chelsea, but he did come off the bench for the second match in a row yesterday evening. The Moroccan international says, though, that he may need some time to recover 100% fitness following his knee injury:
“I still have a ways to go [to reach full fitness]. Obviously, I didn’t play for a long time, because of the virus and [then] it was a bit unlucky that the injury came. So I just try to stay calm and everything will come right soon.”
The 27-year-old’s comments are not surprising considering he has not started a competitive match since the 7th March, when he played 68 minutes in Ajax’s 3-1 win over Heerenveen. After getting half an hour under his belt on Tuesday, he could be in line to make the eleven for the first time this weekend.
Chelsea’s only other fitness concern is Billy Gilmour at the moment. The 19-year-old had knee surgery over the summer and has missed the start of this season. Lampard commented on the midfielder’s fitness before the Sevilla game, stating he is still three to four weeks away from returning to full training.
It means he is now expected to be back in action after the next international break, with it being hoped he’ll be in contention for the games against the likes of Newcastle and Rennes.