Chelsea defender Thiago Silva said he suffered from a “terrible headache” after the Blues’ last two games as he spoke about injury concerns during the condensed season.
Frank Lampard previously said he understands how hard it is for a player at the later stage of their career to maintain their fitness – he has been there himself (Chelsea’s official website).
However, the Chelsea manager faces difficult task to balance between team rotation and maintaining their good form.
Keeping Silva in the line-up for the last three games proved successful given Chelsea bagged three wins and two clean-sheets.
It might have come with a price, however, since Silva said the intensity of playing three games in eight days, took a toll on his body.
“After my last two games, I’ve had a terrible headache because there are non-stop aerial duels and a very high pace of play,” the centre-back told reporters in his press conference for the Brazil national team (via the Independent).
“We have to constantly reinvent ourselves. You lose players because of Covid-19 infections or there are others who get injured because we’re playing a lot of games.
“We’re not machines.
“We have seen recent studies showing that it is more likely that we are going to get injured after having played every three days four or five times.
“It is very worrying for us.”
While having a consistent centre-back pairing is crucial in building a successful team, Lampard may want to prepare an alternative partnership at the back.
Pairing Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger seems to be the go-to option when Silva is not available. But Lampard might want to consider the other two options – Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori – considering Zouma has played 13 of the 14 games Chelsea have played this season in all competitions.