Tuchel insists FIFA’s decision to ban Thiago Silva makes no sense. Reveals whether Silva will play against Aston Villa

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FIFA banned Thiago Silva from playing for Chelsea this weekend after Premier League clubs refused to release South American players for international duty.

Ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel insists Thiago isn’t officially out.

“Right now Thiago is not officially out. The chairman is still in negotiations and I’m waiting for the final decision,” he said.

“For me it’s enough if I get the final decision tomorrow. We will take the latest decision tomorrow morning and we still hope he can play.”

He added: “I don’t understand it and it makes no sense from whatever side you look. Did it make sense for Brazil? No. Did it make sense for us? No, because he may not be able to play two matches.

“If we had sent him, he would’ve been out for 10 days in a hotel room, not able to train. I understand because these are the travel restrictions, there’s nothing to go around it.

“I don’t know how any fan in this game can see a positive effect. There is none.”

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