Chelsea lose another captain as Thiago Silva forced off through injury inside 20 minutes against Spurs
- Azpilicueta unavailable after head injury
- Brazilian defender took the armband
- Replaced by Fofana in the first half
WHAT HAPPENED? The Brazilian had stood up as Chelsea captain for the day, after club skipper Cesar Azpilicueta went off with a nasty head injury in last week's home defeat by Southampton.
But Silva went down after 19 minutes against Spurs and was substituted by Wesley Fofana.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Speaking after the game, coach Graham Potter said: "Thiago I'm not sure. Hopefully, it's not too serious but I've not spoken to the doctor to have a diagnosis."
It represents more bad luck on the injury front for Chelsea this season. Potter bemoaned that “it never rains but it pours" when discussing an injury suffered by Mason Mount earlier in the season and he's certainly not had the best of fortune since taking over at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have been able to welcome back the likes of Raheem Sterling, Reece James and Ben Chilwell from injury lately, with Joao Felix now a regular in the side after getting a red card – and subsequent three-match suspension – in his first game.
But Silva has been one of Chelsea's most consistent players this season, even at the age of 38.
IN TWO PHOTOS:
Vital interception from Thiago Silva moments ago, but it's left today's skipper carrying a knock.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 26, 2023
An early change as he's replaced by Wesley Fofana. 🔄#TotChe pic.twitter.com/V0HOQLVU7U
Let's go, @Wesley_Fofanaa! 👊#TotChe pic.twitter.com/v9ZJJVDcJ6— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 26, 2023
WHAT'S NEXT? The nature of this injury isn't clear, although it seemed to be his knee that was affected.
Armando Broja, Christian Pulisic, N'Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy are still on the absentee list at Chelsea, along with Azpilicueta.