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Thiago Silva injury concern for resurgent Chelsea may force system change at Sheffield United

Chelsea have an injury concern ahead of their trip to Sheffield United with Thiago Silva a doubt for the game.

Silva was substituted in the 36th minute during Thursday’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur with a thigh problem.

The Blues will make a full assessment on the defender today, but manager Thomas Tuchel is doubtful the 36-year-old will recover by this weekend.

“It will be very tight for Sunday,” Tuchel told Football.London.

“It is only in two days but it is hard to give a diagnosis because I saw him only very quickly in the dressing room with a big strap around his muscle.

“We will have to wait until tomorrow (Friday) so we can confirm it, but I think for Sunday he is a big doubt and I don’t think that he can play.”

Silva has started all three matches since Tuchel took charge following the sacking of Frank Lampard.

Chelsea haven’t conceded a goal during that time, picking up seven points in the process.

The Brazil international was replaced by Andreas Christensen at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Yet with Kurt Zouma also having “a little issue”, if Silva does miss the trip to Bramall Lane then that leaves Tuchel with just three fit centre-backs.

Thiago Silva absence could force a change of system

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Tuchel has reintroduced a new system since being named boss. It is not too dissimilar to the Blades, with the German playing three in defence and wing-backs.

Silva has started alongside Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger during that time. Christensen could come in to replace the Brazilian on Sunday, but that would leave little room for movement.

In that scenario, Tuchel would have no central defenders to call upon from the bench.

Therefore, any further injury would most likely force the 47-year-old into a change of formation.

Tuchel may well have considered calling upon Ethan Ampadu if he were available.

Ampadu is on a season-long loan at United and has impressed in recent times in a back three.

The Wales international is ineligible to play against his parent club on Sunday.

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