- Silva limped off in the 61st minute of Chelsea’s 3-1 win at Selhurst Park.
- They will then travel to Manchester City and then play Liverpool in the final at Wembley.
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Chelsea are sweating over Thiago Silva’s fitness ahead of the Carabao Cup final after the Brazilian defender limped out of Monday night’s 3-1 win at Crystal Palace.
The 39-year-old injured his groin while sliding to block a shot from Jean-Philippe Mateta around the hour mark and could be seen shaking his head as he shot.
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino later confirmed that Silva felt something in his groin and would be assessed on Tuesday.
Any potential problems would add to the Blues’ growing injury list ahead of their trip to Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday and the Carabao final against Liverpool at Wembley on February 25.
They are now out of defensive options as Benoit Badiashile faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a groin injury in the 3-1 FA Cup win at Aston Villa.
Thiago Silva has given Chelsea another injury worry ahead of the Carabao Cup final
The 39-year-old Brazilian defender limped off around the hour mark due to a groin problem.
Mauricio Pochettino later said Silva had suffered a groin problem and would be evaluated
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Wesley Fofana has not played at all this season after injuring the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during the preseason.
Reece James and Marc Cucurella are also out at the moment, but should return sometime next month.
Chelsea came back from a goal down to win at Selhurst Park thanks to a double from Conor Gallagher and another from Enzo Fernández.
The result left them tenth in the table but a little closer to the European places.
Veteran defender Silva has started all but two of Chelsea’s 24 Premier League games this season and has also featured in six cup matches, a sign of his continued importance to Pochettino. Silva has scored three goals.
Chelsea considered selling Gallagher in January but, much to his manager’s relief, he stayed.
“He always decided, what he told me, to stay at Chelsea,” Pochettino said, before being asked if he should be tied down to a new deal.
It happened when Silva slid to block an attempt by Palace striker Jean-Philippe Mateta.
“It’s about him and the club,” the Blues boss added. ‘I’m not suffering from this kind of thing. He still has one more year left on his contract (it expires in June 2025). “That’s a matter for him and for the club.”
Chelsea have bounced back since being beaten at home by Wolves, a defeat that put Pochettino under pressure.
Since then, they have beaten Aston Villa in the FA Cup and Palace here.
“I don’t care about the rumours, the tension, the pressure or the stress,” Pochettino said. ‘We know very well what our reality is and we are going to continue working.’