Chelsea defender Thiago Silva will return for Saturday’s Premier League visit Burnley

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Chelsea defender Thiago Silva will return for Saturday’s Premier League visit Burnley… after Frank Lampard rested the veteran in their Champions League win over Krasnodar
Chelsea’s Thiago Silva will return to the side for their visit to Burnley on Saturday
The Brazilian joined Chelsea on a free transfer from Paris St Germain this year
Lampard wants to carefully manage the amount of time the 36-year-old plays
Silva was rested in their Champions League win over FK Krasnodar in midweek

Chelsea’s new central defender Thiago Silva will return to the side for Saturday’s Premier League visit to Burnley.

Silva joined Chelsea on a free transfer from Paris St Germain in the close season, and Lampard wants to carefully manage the amount of time the 36-year-old plays each week.

The Brazilian will return to the team having been rested in their Champions League win over FK Krasnodar in midweek, manager Frank Lampard said on Thursday.

‘Thiago is fit. Taking him out of Russia was a maintenance issue,’ Lampard told reporters on Thursday.

‘He could have played if he had to but we had to put it in context of what is ahead of us.

‘I’m making sure we get the best out of him towards the end of the season.’

Lampard made the decision to rest Silva after he played 90 minutes against Sevilla and Manchester United to help his side to their first two clean sheets of the season in two 0-0 draws.

Chelsea’s Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is progressing in his recovery from a shoulder injury and, while there are no new injuries in the squad, the players are slightly fatigued after their trip to Russia, Lampard added.

The 42-year-old coach also praised winger Hakim Ziyech after the Moroccan international bagged his first goal for the London club and Lampard said he would keep rotating his squad to balance the workload and help his new signings settle.

‘Hakim was very good last night, a big plus,’ he said. ‘The other players, particularly those in Europe, are finding the schedule heavy.

‘We need options. We’re also searching for relationships as newer players are learning about each other and how we play. There will be rotation at times. We need everybody.’

Chelsea are 10th in the Premier League with nine points from six games ahead of their trip to third-bottom Burnley.


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