News – AU – Tuchel confirms major Atlantic injury blow for Atletico


helsea was inflicted serious injury damage ahead of the tie with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, excluding Thiago Silva

The veteran Brazilian defender has fallen since his elimination from the first half of the Blues 1-0 Premier League win over London rivals Tottenham on Dec. February off He missed wins against Sheffield United, Barnsley and Newcastle as well as Saturday’s -1 draw against Southampton in St Mary’s

Silva was pictured in training at Cobham late last week but wasn’t fit enough to play on the south coast and he won’t be returning on Tuesday when Thomas Tuchel takes on his first European competition as Chelsea boss against the LaLiga leader in the Romanian capital Bucharest

“He is not available,” said Tuchel during the press conference on Monday before the game about Silva. “He is training at the moment. We’re leaving and he is not available”

However, the German confirmed better news that both Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic will fight for the last 16 first legs

Havertz has been since beating Burnley 2-0 on Jan. January absent but like Silva resumed training last week before being kicked off the squad to travel to Southampton

Pulisic has so far been limited to just one start under Tuchel – in the FA Cup win at Barnsley – due to other issues, including a minor calf problem that meant he wasn’t risked on Saturday

“Very happy that both of them are in the group,” said Tuchel. “You have trained with us, no complaints, and you travel with us”

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News – AU – Tuchel confirms a serious injury to Atletico from Chelsea