How Chelsea could line up without Thiago Silva and three others on Premier League return

The signing of Romelu Lukaku has solved plenty of Chelsea’s issues and they look a complete outfit with him leading the line. The Belgian has scored three goals in six appearances as the Blues sit top of the Premier League table heading into the international break, winning five games, drawing one and losing one

However, Thomas Tuchel’s side may have to dig in more than ever when they return for their game on the 16th of October against Brentford as they will be missing several key players.

The German manager has revealed that he will be without central defender Thiago Silva, who has been called up to the Brazil squad, for the trip to the Brentford Community Stadium, as well as a few more important first-teamers.

Speaking about Silva’s absence to the club’s official website, Tuchel said: “He will go and then he will play for Brazil, and then he will come back on the matchday versus Brentford. This is the life of international breaks in 2021. Like it or not, what can I do?

“He’s our player and he arrives on the matchday back from a country where he then needs to do quarantine. Is this a good solution for us as a club? No, but we cannot hold him back. It’s impossible.

“If they call him, he needs to go, otherwise he gets suspended by FIFA. So there is no choice. You simply have to live with it.”

Academy product Trevoh Chalobah is the most likely candidate to replace the 37-year-old in Chelsea’s back three seeing as he started in the most recent league game against Southampton instead of Andreas Christensen.

Aside from Silva, Tuchel will have Antonio Rudiger, Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, Malang Sarr and Chalobah to pick his defence from.

Chalobah has impressed since stepping into the first-team setup this season, scoring twice and being solid defensively. His history of being a holding midfielder has also given Tuchel another asset in defence as the 22-year-old is great with the ball at his feet and can progress the ball from deep well.

Fellow Englishman Reece James is also expected to remain sidelined after picking up in the defeat to Manchester City a few weeks ago.

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