Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that defender Thiago Silva will miss Chelsea’s Champions League first leg against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
The Brazilian international defender was injured in the first half of Chelsea’s 1-0 Premier League win at Tottenham on February 4 and missed wins over Sheffield United, Barnsley and Newcastle, as well as the 1-1 draw of Saturday with Southampton.
Silva was pictured training late last week but was not fit enough to play at St Mary’s this weekend, and Tuchel says the 36-year-old is still not available for the match in Bucharest.
“He is not available,” the Chelsea head coach said at a press conference on Monday. “He’s training right now. We’re leaving and he’s not available.”
However, Tuchel has confirmed that Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic will be in contention for the game against the leaders of La Liga.
Havertz has been out since the 2-0 win over Burnley on January 31, while Pulisic has started once under Tuchel so far due to several issues, including a minor calf issue.
“Very happy that they are both in the squad,” Tuchel said. “They trained with us, no complaints, and they travel with us.”
“ We spoke to Hudson-Odoi in front of the whole group ”
Tuchel also discussed replacing Callum Hudson-Odoi in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Southampton on Saturday, when he only brought in the winger at half-time.
Hudson-Odoi was substituted because his “attitude” was not correct, Tuchel said after the game, and the German revealed how he approached the situation.
“We decided to talk to Callum in front of the whole group not alone,” he said.
“For us it wasn’t a big deal. I know it can be sometimes.
“I did it anyway and we had the only reaction we wanted, he returned to a good mood and trained well. That’s the lesson we have to learn.”
Chelsea face Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League first leg on Tuesday before hosting Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, live on Sky Sports starting at 16h; kick off 4.30 p.m.