'No problems': Graham Potter insists Chelsea player is not injured before Brentford game tomorrow
Graham Potter has confirmed that Chelsea’s Thiago Silva is not injured going into this week’s game against Brentford.
The Blues take the short trip across London tomorrow night in the Premier League to take on Brentford in the Premier League, which proved to be a very difficult fixture last season.
For Chelsea, they’re six games unbeaten since Potter took charge as the club’s new head coach. It means they’re fourth in the league table and looking upwards.
Meanwhile, Brentford are ninth in the top division after yet again impressing following success last year.
Thiago Silva not injured
Potter has shared in his pre-match press conference that Chelsea’s Silva is not injured before the Brentford contest.
“It’s obviously 24/48 hours [since Aston Villa] so we need to make sure the recovery is right for him. But no problems injury-wise, it is just the recovery,” he said.
It will be a relief for Chelsea fans to hear the update because Potter said on the weekend Silva felt tightness in his hamstring after the win over Aston Villa.
The 38-year-old defender has thankfully avoided any kind of injury setback.
However, will Potter risk playing the veteran centre-back again following the quick turnaround from Sunday to Wednesday?
With three really important matches coming up in the next seven days, surely Silva has to be sacrificed and rested in one of them.
He would be the first name on the team sheet if he was a few years younger, but you risk injuries the older you get. In fairness, Potter is forced into rotation across the board because of the mad schedule.
Chelsea travel to Brentford on Wednesday and host Manchester United on Saturday. Afterwards, there is an important trip to Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League group stages.
You could make a good argument to say the Man United fixture at Stamford Bridge is to rest Silva due to the threat of Ivan Toney tomorrow.