Chelsea switch their focus away from Premier League matters tonight when they face Barnsley at Oakwell in the FA Cup fifth round.
It’s the second trip to South Yorkshire in a matter of days for the Blues after beating Sheffield United at Bramall Lane last Sunday to remain unbeaten under new head coach Thomas Tuchel.
Goals from Mason Mount and Jorginho either side of a disastrous own-goal from Antonio Rudiger sealed all three points for the Blues as well as a third win on the spin.
It was a commanding performance from Tuchel’s side, who dealt with everything that the Blades had to throw at them, meaning they are now back to within one point of the top-four and looking as though they do have the quality within their ranks to secure a Champions League spot this season.
But all eyes are now on the clash with the Tykes which is likely to see Tuchel make changes to his side and allow some of his more senior stars to earn a well-earned rest after a hectic run of matches.
But will injury troubles allow him to do that? Here, we have rounded-up all of the very latest Chelsea injury news ahead of the clash with Barnsley.
Chelsea will be without centre-back Silva when they travel to Barnsley on Thursday evening, Tuchel has confirmed.
“He’s out. He feels now better and better. He’s had a lot of treatment and I know Thiago very well from the last years, we can be absolutely sure he is spending every minute available to speed up the process of healing, but it takes it’s time.
“It is a muscle injury.
Thiago Silva leaves the pitch with an injury. (Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
“We cannot force, we cannot pull the grass to make it grow faster. It is like this with muscle injuries. So he is out for tomorrow for sure.”
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