Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Thiago Silva will join up with Brazil for the imminent international fixtures, which is likely to lead to the defender missing the next Chelsea match.
The 37-year-old is one of eight Premier League players called up for the Brazilian squad for three World Cup qualifiers spread over eight days, ending on Friday 15 October. The Blues are in action on Saturday 16 in a west London derby at Brentford.
Thiago Silva did not travel during the previous international break and for a while looked set to be one of several players suspended for the next round of club games at the start of September. However the Brazil Federation did not pursue that course of action with FIFA.
Since then, quarantine implications for players returning to the UK from ‘red list’ countries have changed, with government agreements for vaccinated players to now be allowed to play matches and train while otherwise isolating at club facilities.
On Thiago Silva’s latest call-up, Tuchel said:
‘He will go and then he will play for Brazil, and then he will come back on the match day versus Brentford.
‘This is the life of international breaks in 2021. Like it or not, what can I do?
‘He's our player and he arrives on the match day back from a country where he then needs to do quarantine. Is this a good solution for us as a club? No, but we cannot hold him back. It's impossible.
‘If they call him, he needs to go, otherwise he gets suspended by FIFA. So there is no choice. You simply have to live with it.’