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Update on Thiago Silva’s injury after Tottenham win

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Chelsea could end up with just two perfectly fit senior center-backs when they go to face Sheffield United on Sunday.

Thiago Silva hobbled in the first half of the Blues’ 1-0 win at Tottenham on Thursday night with a thigh injury. The veteran Brazil was left on the ground after stretching to cut a long ball in the 36th minute and was replaced by Andreas Christensen.

Speaking after the game, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel said the 36-year-old was a “big doubt” for the trip to Bramall Lane, potentially leaving him with just two fit center-backs at Christensen and Antonio Rüdiger.

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Thiago Silva was crucial at the back for Chelsea | NEIL HALL / Getty Images

Kurt Zouma missed the London Derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after failing a late fitness test alongside Kai Havertz, so there could be some doubt on Sunday.

Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, Tuchel said: “It will be very close for Sunday’s game, only two days of recovery.

“It’s too early to make a diagnosis because I saw him very briefly with a big strap around his muscle. We will have to wait until tomorrow [Friday] so we can confirm that but I think for Sunday it’s a big doubt. “

Silva had had a good game before being sent off, with the interception that caused the typical injury of his disruptive influence on Spurs’ attack in the first half.

Chelsea’s back line looked a lot less confident without the experienced militant at the heart of the defense – especially when playing from the back – although his replacement Christensen settled into the pace of the game well and was rarely tested.

At the other end of the pitch, the Blues struggled to create chances despite dominant possession, and the German coach added that it was something they would work on.

“We lacked a bit of precision in the box and the composure to bring the score to 2-0 and score more goals and decide the game, so the second half was a bit difficult”, a- he declared.

“We need to create clearer chances, that’s my goal and my job. One of the most difficult things in football is to score and keep calm, but we have confidence in our players and we will work to create clearer chances, and to be more effective, but in general everyone wants scoring at every half chance but it’s not like that in the Premier League. “