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Graham Potter provides Thiago Silva and Mateo Kovacic injury update after Chelsea loss to Spurs



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Graham Potter has provided an injury update on Thiago Silva after his substitution in the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, as well as delivering his reasoning for excluding Mateo Kovacic, Marc Cucurella and Trevoh Chalobah from his Chelsea squad.

Chelsea were embarrassed by their London rivals as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Blues were level at half-time but within a minute of the restart found themselves behind.

Oliver Skipp scored a long-range strike, which Kepa Arrizabalaga has been criticised for not keeping out after an initial save from Emerson Royal.

Harry Kane added a second in the final 10 minutes, netting after being left completely unmarked at a corner.

There was controversy in the match as Hakim Ziyech’s red card was rescinded after a VAR review, with Stuart Atwell deciding against the sending off after the initial dismissal.

Potter was dealt a further blow in the match as captain Silva was taken off after a collision with Kane, while Kovacic was not named in the squad either.

Cucurella, Chalobah and David Datro Fofana were also not named in Potter’s squad as they fell to defeat.

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Speaking to the press after the match, as quoted by Adam Newson, the head coach provided an update on Silva and discussed the exclusions for the match.

“Thiago I’m not sure,” he said when asked about the Brazilian.

“Hopefully, it’s not too serious but I’ve not spoken to the doctor to have a diagnosis.”

Potter continued to discuss the reasoning for Kovacic’s exclusion, as well as touching on why he decided to leave many players out of his squad.

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He revealed: “Kovacic was ill. The rest were unfortunate to be out of the squad.”

It remains to be seen as to what the future holds for Potter, who is under increasing pressure to keep his job at Stamford Bridge.

However, reports believe that the Blues will stick by their man for now.