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Thiago Silva to miss Manchester City trip, faces race to make EFL Cup final


Chelsea defender Thiago Silva will miss Saturday’s trip to Manchester City after suffering a minor groin problem, and it remains unclear whether he will make next week’s EFL Cup final.

Silva was substituted in the second half of Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Monday, when a Conor Gallagher brace and a late Enzo Fernandez effort saw the Blues overturn a 1-0 deficit.

Mauricio Pochettino subsequently said Silva had “felt something” when stretching to block a shot around an hour into that game, and he will not be available to face the champions on Saturday.

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Perhaps of greater concern to Chelsea’s fans, however, will be the 39-year-old’s availability for next Sunday’s Wembley Stadium showpiece against Liverpool.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Pochettino said Chelsea must evaluate the Brazilian over the coming days, confirming: “Thiago has a minor issue, he is out for tomorrow.

“He’s unavailable. After this game we will assess him day-by-day.”

Fellow defenders Malo Gusto and Levi Colwill are available after shaking off knocks, while Robert Sanchez could return between the sticks after missing around two months with a knee injury.

“Robert Sanchez is available, which is good news,” Pochettino said. “In football, you never know what will happen. For him to be available again is a good thing for the team.”

Asked whether Sanchez will return to the starting lineup after Djordje Petrovic impressed in his absence, Pochettino simply said: “You will see.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.


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