Lampard gives Thiago Silva update ahead of Burnley clash

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard rested Thiago Silva for the away trip to Russia, as Chelsea defeated Krasnodar 4-0 away from home.

Lampard had revealed in a previous interview that he plans not to overwork the 36-year-old, so he’d be available for most part of the season.

Ahead of Sunday’s game against Burnley at the Turf Moor, Lampard has given Silva a clean bill of health for this game.

“Thiago is fit,” confirmed Lampard. “Taking him out of the trip to Russia was more of a maintenance issue for him and I spoke to him about it.

“We’re just trying to make sure we get the best out of him over the course of a season and in this schedule where we have game after game after game, it made sense [for him not to be involved] in a game which involved a lot of travelling.

“If he had to play that game then of course he could have done but we have to put it in context of what we’ve got ahead of us. In the end it was a nice exercise with the fact we got a result and Toni Rudiger came into the team and played really well, which is the competition we need.”

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