Chelsea will have their first match in this year UCL campaign against Zenit on Tuesday 14, September. This will be a very important match for the Blues because it is a group stage knockout match for roun of 16 qualifications. Chelsea will be without the Brazilian defender Thiago Silva for the UCL clash against Zenit on 14 as FIFA consider a possible five days ban for the players who not released for international duty by their clubs.
The ban will begin on 9 September after Brazil match against Peru. Players who were called for international duty and failed to make up will face the consequences of five days out of line of football according to FIFA reports. Thiago Silva will therefore miss this match which is a very sensitive match for the club to qualify to the next stage.
This is a bad news for Chelsea and entire team for his absence. FIFA also announced prolonged days out of football for some players who will defile the protocols. Thiago Silva will be out of field for the stipulated time frame.
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