Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that both Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham will miss this afternoon’s match against Leeds United.
The German revealed at his pre-match press conference yesterday that Silva had suffered a setback in training, while Abraham has yet to fully recover from the ankle injury that kept him out of the 2-0 win over Everton on Monday.
Fans on Twitter are slightly disappointed that Silva won’t be making his return at Elland Road, although they think Andreas Christensen’s recent performances mean the Brazilian won’t be missed as badly:
If this was earlier in the season I would be worried, but the performance of the defenders has been so high let Thiago take all the time needed to be 100%, no need to rush him back.
— Christopher Arkwright (@Ctarkwright) March 12, 2021
I feel like any minor Thiago silva injury will end up being at least a month out. We need a CB in the summer
— CFCArchie (@ArchieWallace12) March 12, 2021
— Lucas (@CarefreeLucas) March 12, 2021
Christensen got us covered
— Ollah (@Ollah__) March 12, 2021
Np we have the danish maldini
— Arvin¹⁰ 🇸🇪🎒 (@yung_irv1) March 12, 2021
🤧 hope Silva is back for the Atletico game
— Moh Salah’s beard 🇬🇭 (@bro_like_me) March 12, 2021
No Thiago No Problem pic.twitter.com/uQIoR6yLeF
— Fufuo Sika Nt) Benz (@YDeebaakop3) March 12, 2021
It will be interesting to see what happens when Silva is fully fit. Tuchel says he believes that the 36-year-old and Christensen can play in the same back three, although it is clear that both would favour the role in the middle.
The club’s defensive record since Tuchel’s arrival in January has been excellent so you would trust the German to make the right decision.