Chelsea hit with late injury blow ahead of Leeds United clash as star duo are ruled out

CHELSEA boss Thomas Tuchel has been hit with a late injury blow ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash against Leeds United at Elland Road.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 12:23 pm

Tuchel has revealed that Brazilian international centre-back Thiago Silva has suffered a setback and will miss the trip to West Yorkshire, joining England international striker Tammy Abraham on the sidelines.

Former Paris Saint-Germain star Silva has made a huge impact since joining the Blues in August but picked up a thigh injury in the 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur at the beginning of February.

Silva then returned to the bench for Monday night's 2-0 victory at home to Everton but has suffered a setback and will miss the trip to Leeds along with Abraham who is this season's joint top scorer with six goals.

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DOUBLE BLOW: Chelsea duo Thiago Silva, centre, and Tammy Abraham, right, will both miss Saturday's Premier League clash against Leeds United at Elland Road. Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images.

Abraham remains out with an ankle injury.

Blues boss Tuchel provided the news at Friday morning's pre-match press conference, as reported by West London Sport, and said everybody else was available for the trip to West Yorkshire.

As quoted by football.london, Tuchel said: "Thiago had a little setback in training. At the end of the training session the day before yesterday, he felt at the very end something around the same area that he injured. So we had to take him off. So he is back into the transition phase but not team training so he will be out.

"It's the same for Tammy. He still has ankle pain from the tackle against Newcastle. He isn't 100 per cent comfortable. The day before yesterday he was fine, yesterday he had to cancel training. So I think these two are out for tomorrow but everybody else is available."

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Thank you Laura Collins