Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel have been handed a huge boost ahead of Thursday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool.
Defender Thiago Silva appears to be pushing hard to make the matchday squad.
The Brazilian defender has not featured for Chelsea since suffering a thigh injury in the win over Tottenham Hotspur on February 4, missing the last six games across all competitions as a result.
Despite making a return to training prior to the 1-1 draw with Southampton, Thiago Silva was not risked at St Mary’s nor the Champions League round of 16 first-leg victory over Atletico Madrid a few days later.
And ahead of the goalless draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge last Sunday, Tuchel confirmed the 36-year-old wasn’t yet ready to be brought back into the side, but did reveal when the defender could resume training with the first-team squad.
“He did an individual session today, on the pitch, and it was a big progress and step ahead up front for him so I hope he will join the group next week,” Tuchel revealed.
And it would appear that Tuchel’s hope has turned into a reality.
Tuesday’s training session at Cobham was captured by the club’s photographer who uploaded a few images on Twitter and one picture shows a Thiago Silva in the background – although it couldn’t be confirmed.
Thankfully for Chelsea fans, Thiago Silva took to social media and included a few images of him in training to his Instagram Stories – thus confirming it was indeed him in the session.
In another boost for the Blues, Callum Hudson-Odoi was also spotted in Tuesday’s session.
The wonderkid was taken off at half-time against Man United and was later pictured with bandaging around his left thigh, but looks to have shaken off the minor injury.
Liverpool have also been handed a boost ahead of Thursday night’s game – three to be precise – as Jurgen Klopp expects to have Alisson Becker, Fabinho, and Diogo Jota available for selection.
“Alisson and Fabinho, I’m pretty sure [will be available],” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com. “With Diogo, he was with us in the hotel, but he got sick overnight and we had to send him home.
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“It depends how quick he will recover, obviously.
“He was in the squad and as I said before, he trained with the team and it all looked really good but unfortunately he got sick overnight.
“I think he will be available, but I don’t know.”