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Chelsea defender Thiago Silva played the entire 90 minutes against Sevilla, and was rested in the previous league game against Southampton, where Chelsea’s defence succumbed to conceding three goals against the Saints.
Giving his injury update ahead of facing Manchester United at Old Trafford, Chelsea boss Lampard revealed that Thiago Silva is fit to play and also gave a clean bill of health for Christian Pulisic as well.
Asked about Chelsea’s injury concerns at his pre-match press conference, Lampard said: “Thiago Silva and Pulisic are both fine, we have a pretty clean bill of health other than Kepa who has a shoulder issue and won’t travel to Manchester.
“The only other player out is Billy Gilmour. Cech is not coming [as a player], no.”
Chelsea have kept just three clean sheets this season – against Barnsley, Crystal Palace and Sevilla – and it is no coincidence that Silva started all three matches.
Thiago Silva has shown that he is a key figure in the Chelsea defence, and Frank Lampard has admitted that he’d try to manage him this season.
“I thought he was very good today,” Lampard said after the Sevilla match. “I spoke about quality and experience before the game and he brought both of those and it affects others around him, which I think he did.
“He was a big plus in terms of getting the clean sheet. Over the season, I will manage him and I have a very close relationship with him already even if he uses a translator.
“I will always work closely with him and I remember being in the same position myself towards the end of my career, in the last year in the Premier League.
“So I will be very aware of maintenance training and his selection as we want him to play as many games as we can to be at his optimum level.”