Chelsea leave Thiago Silva at home for trip to Krasnodar

Chelsea leave Thiago Silva at home for Champions League trip to Krasnodar as Frank Lampard decides to rest 36-year-old defender with Russian side missing eight players

  • Chelsea have decided to rest Thiago Silva for the trip to Krasnodar 
  • The defender has not travelled for the Champions League group game 
  • The Russian side are missing eight key players for the Wednesday’s match 

Chelsea have decided not to take Thiago Silva to Krasnodar for their Champions League group game on Wednesday.

Frank Lampard has eased the centre back into first-team action since his summer arrival and the Blues boss has opted to rest the defender with the Russian side missing eight senior players.

Silva, 36, played 90 minutes against Sevilla and Manchester United, helping his side to their first two clean sheets of the season in two 0-0 draws.

Chelsea have left Thiago Silva at home for the Champions League tie with Krasnodar

Frank Lampard has opted to rest the defender with the Russian side missing several players

Krasnodar earned a 1-1 draw in their first ever Champions League game against Rennes last week but their squad has taken a hit from positive coronavirus tests as well as injuries. 

Former Newcastle player Remy Cabella and Evgeniy Markov both tested positive for coronavirus before the trip to Rennes, while fellow attackers Wanderson and Viktor Claesson are struggling with muscle injuries.

Ruslan Kambolov and Aleksandr Cherkinov are also recovering from knocks and may be forced to watch from the sidelines while Sergey Petrov and Dmitri Stotskiy are also out.

Former Newcastle player Remy Cabella (left) is unavailable after testing positive for Covid-19

Manager Murad Musayev said he does not expect there to be many changes to the team that was beaten 3-1 by Spartak Moscow at the weekend. 

Chelsea will also be without goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalga, who has not recovered from a shoulder injury that kept him out of the trip to Old Trafford. 

Marcos Alonso is also unavailable as he serves the second game of his three-match suspension after his red card against Bayern Munich last season. 

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