Chelsea have suffered a huge injury blow with Thiago Silva set to miss the whole of March due to a knee injury.
The 38-year-old was taken off in the first half of Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Spurs last Sunday in north London.
“Having sustained a knee injury during the first half of Sunday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, Thiago underwent further assessment and a scan on his return to the training centre on Monday,” a club statement read on Tuesday morning.
“Scan results from those assessments have confirmed damage to Thiago’s knee ligaments and he will now work closely with the club’s medical department during his rehabilitation to return to action as soon as possible.”
As reported by Nizaar Kinsella, Silva was expected to miss the next six weeks after damaging his medial collateral ligament.
“Thiago will be around that time, not sure exactly,” Potter confirmed on Friday afternoon.
It means Potter will be without his star defender in a defining week for his future at the club, with it claimed the games against Leeds United and Borussia Dortmund could be ‘make or break’ over his position at Stamford Bridge.
With Silva set to miss the next six weeks of action, Absolute Chelsea takes a look at what games the veteran centre-back may be absent for.
March 4: Leeds United (h) – 3pm | Premier League
March 7: Borussia Dortmund (h) – 8pm | Champions League
March 11: Leicester City (a) – 3pm | Premier League
March 18: Everton (h) – 5.30pm – Sky Sports | Premier League
April 1: Aston Villa (h) – 5.30pm – Sky Sports | Premier League
April 4: Liverpool (h) – 8pm – Sky Sports | Premier League
April 8: Wolves (a) – 3pm | Premier League
Silva is certain to be sidelined up until the international break which is at the end of March. This will see him be ruled out for the games against Leeds United, Borussia Dortmund, Leicester City and Everton.
If Silva is out for the full six weeks, he could also miss the games against Aston Villa, Liverpool and Wolves, all of whom await Chelsea at the beginning of April.
Potter will have to select from Trevoh Chalobah, Benoit Badiashile (ineligible for Champions League), Kalidou Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana and Cesar Azpilicueta, once he returns from a head injury.
As Chelsea look to turn their fortunes around, Silva’s injury will come as a huge blow to the squad who will now need to ensure they step up in his absence.
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