Chelsea are expected to be without Thiago Silva for the next six weeks after suffering a knee injury.
The 38-year-old has been the standout player for the Blues in what has been an incredibly disappointing campaign so far, only finishing in the top half of the Premier League on goal difference.
Silva was replaced in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Tottenham after Harry Kane fell on his leg, with head coach Graham Potter revealing after the match that the defender would require a scan.
The Evening Standard reported that Silva could miss the next six weeks of action with MCL damage. That would immediately put him out of a number of crunch home fixtures, as well as next week’s Champions League last 16 tie against Borussia Dortmund.
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In their official statement, Chelsea said: “Following a knee injury suffered during the first half of Sunday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur, Thiago underwent further assessment and scans on his return to the training center on Monday.
“The scan results of these assessments have confirmed Thiago’s knee ligament damage and he will now work closely with the club’s medical department during his rehabilitation to return to action as soon as possible.”