Thomas Tuchel confirms Thiago Silva will miss Chelsea game in FA Cup
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Thiago Silva will be unavailable for the FA Cup fifth round match on Thursday.
The Blues travel to Oakwell to face Championship opposition Barnsley in the cup competition.
But senior defender Silva won’t play in the fixture, as he continues to recover from his thigh problem.
The £100,000-a-week (Spotrac) centre-back was forced off injured last week during the win over Tottenham in the Premier League, which is why he was left out of the squad during the weekend victory over Sheffield United.
It’s unclear on how much longer the Brazilian will be on the sidelines, but Tuchel has announced he won’t feature against Barnsley tomorrow.
“He’s out. He feels now better and better. He’s had a lot of treatment and I know Thiago very well from the last years, we can be absolutely sure he is spending every minute available to speed up the process of healing, but it takes it’s time,” Tuchel said, as quoted by Football.London.
“It is a muscle injury. We cannot force, we cannot pull the grass to make it grow faster. It is like this with muscle injuries. So he is out for tomorrow for sure.”
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Despite being aged 36, Silva is a key member of the Chelsea side this season and he’s been an inspired summer signing on a free transfer.
The centre-half, who previous worked with Tuchel at Paris Saint-Germain, was impressing in the heart of a back three before his injury setback.
Andreas Christensen has done a decent job since stepping into his shoes and perhaps he can continue to build some confidence against Barnsley.
Chelsea have looked extremely solid during the early stages of Tuchel’s reign, with the only goal they’ve conceded coming from a calamitous own goal by Antonio Rudiger.