Thiago Silva ruled out of Atletico clash

The Brazilian defender has been ruled out of Tuesday clash with the Spanish giants.

Thomas Tuchel will be without star defender, Thiago Silva for the first leg of their Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.

There was optimism that the veteran Brazilian would be back for the crucial game in Bucharest after he was pictured back in training last week following a thigh injury.

But speaking at his pre-match press conference on Monday, manager Thomas Tuchel revealed that Silva will again be missing from his squad.

‘He is not available,’ Tuchel said. ‘He is training right now. We are leaving and he is not available.’

The defender has not played since suffering a thigh injury during a 1-0 win over rivals Tottenham hotspurs on Ferbruary.

The former PSG skipper has missed four games with the injury, including Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s.

Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic are both fit to travel to Romania for Tuesday night’s first leg, this will come as a boost to Tuchel having seen his side struggle when it comes to decision making in the final third.

German star, Havertz has not played since the win over Burnley on January 31 after suffering a knock in training, but he returned to training with Silva last week.

The German was not deemed fit enough to be involved against Southampton but he is now in contention along with Pulisic, who has recovered in time from a minor calf issue.

The American, who played under Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund, has made just one start under his new manager, having been hampered by fitness problems.

Tuchel added

‘Very happy that both of them are in the group. They trained with us, no complaints, and they travel with us.’

 

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