Chelsea star a doubt for Champions League game after Aston Villa game

Graham Potter was asked about Thiago Silva in his post-match press conference today, after another masterclass from the Brazilian at the back for a struggling Chelsea.

Chelsea secured three points against Aston Villa thanks to Mason Mount brace and Kepa outstanding performance

Potter’s praise couldn’t really have been higher – he said Silva is at the “highest level,” both “as a character and as a man.”

The bad news was that apparently Silva “felt a bit of tightness in his hamstring.”

Potter on Silva: “He’s at the highest level you can think of as a character and as a man. He has that bit of know-how that you can’t put a price on. He felt a bit of tightness in his hamstring so we will see for Wednesday.”

Potter said this made him a doubt for Wednesday, while we think it will surely rule him out.

We wouldn’t have expected him to play even without this issue, as we need to take any chance we can to rest him, so the idea of him playing even after feeling a strain seems crazy.

As we did in our away game against Zagreb, we expect Silva to be rested at home (although a trip to Brentford couldn’t really be much shorter), and then come back in to face Man U next weekend

Let’s hope he’s fit for that one – and let’s hope we can keep another clean sheet in midweek without him.

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