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Thiago Silva rested as Chelsea take 22 to Krasnodar

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Weary bones

Chelsea FC - Press Conference And Training Session Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Chelsea landed safely in Krasnodar this evening ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League group stage match, but have done so without Thiago Silva, who’s remained back at Cobham to rest and recover after two high intensity games last week, against Sevilla and Manchester United.

His absence certainly puts the recent Antonio Rüdiger stories into a different light, with Toni possibly ready to feature against the Russian Premier League side tomorrow.

Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in 4 of Thiago Silva’s 5 starts for the club and have given 7 goals in the other 4 matches combined, winning just one.

The veteran center back is the only surprise absence from the traveling squad, with Marcos Alonso suspended and Kepa Arrizabalaga injured.

The 22-man squad for tomorrow’s match (one less than allowed by UEFA rules), is as follows:

GK: Caballero, Mendy, Žiger
D: Christensen, Tomori, Zouma, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta, James, Chilwell, Emerson
M: Jorginho, Kanté, Kovačić, Mount, Ziyech, Havertz
F: Abraham, Werner, Giroud, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi