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Thiago Silva leaves injured and Chelsea defense faces depleted for Carabao Cup final

Thiago Silva is doubtful for the Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool after being injured against Crystal Palace.

The Brazilian star lasted less than an hour of the match at Selhurst Park when he slid in to block a Jean-Philippe Mateta effort.

Silva injured during Chelsea-Crystal Palace clash

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Silva injured during Chelsea-Crystal Palace clashCredit: Getty

The defender, however, remained on the ground, before requiring treatment on the field.

Slowly walking off the field, Silva could be seen shaking his head as he left the field to be replaced by Levi Colwill.

For Chelsea, the timing of the injury is not ideal at all, with Benoit Badiashile already facing a spell on the sidelines after injuring his groin against Aston Villa.

The Blues look ahead to their Carabao Cup final clash against Liverpool on Sunday February 25, live on talkSPORT, a competition which could be crucial in the overall success of their campaign.

A victory against the Reds would allow Chelsea to qualify for the Europa Conference League next season, an achievement which would be seen as a major plus given their struggles over the past two seasons, although it might not be so good for them financially.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are starved of European football this season, while their mid-table position in the Premier League means qualification for Europe via the league seems unlikely at this stage.

After limping off, he is now surely doubtful for the Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool.

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After limping off, he is now surely doubtful for the Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool.Credit: Getty

Although still competing in the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup offers the most direct route to Europe, but without the 39-year-old their hopes of thriving will surely be diminished.

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Cammile Bussière

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