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Silva to return - How Chelsea could line-up against Burnley

The Brazilian didn't make the trip to Krasnodar in the Champions League, but it wasn't injury related so is fine to return in the Premier League

10:00am on Saturday 31st October 2020
Martin Macdonald

Thiago Silva is expected to be restored to the Chelsea starting XI this weekend when the Blues take on Burnley in the Premier League.

The former PSG captain was left out of the squad for the comfortably Champions League victory against Krasnodar on Wednesday, but manager Frank Lampard has confirmed it was for a rest rather than for any injury.

With the midweek off, he should come back against Burnley.

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Hakim Ziyech earned his first start for the club against Krasnodar and impressed, adding a goal to his already excellent outing,

Lampard has an embarrassment of riches to choose from in his attacking roster, so Ziyech could drop out of the XI.

But, he has as good a chance as anyone of starting on Saturday.

Chelsea are close to a full-strength squad as it is only Kepa and Billy Gilmour who are missing.

In the forward line, perhaps the only player certain to start is Timo Werner.

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