Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel confirms four Chelsea players to miss Atletico Madrid clash

Silva hasn't played for Chelsea since limping off in the first half of the Blues' victory over Tottenham Hotspur on February 4
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Thiago Silva of Chelsea leaves the pitch with an injury against Spurs (Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham have been ruled out of tomorrow's Champions League match against Atlético Madrid, according to Thomas Tuchel.

Silva hasn't played for Chelsea since limping off in the first half of the Blues' victory over Tottenham Hotspur on February 4. In that game, the Brazil international injured his thigh, and after returning to the match day squad against Everton, he suffered a setback in training last week and is out again.

Meanwhile, Abraham has been recovering from an ankle injury sustained in the 2-0 win over Newcastle United. Chelsea will be without the England international for the fifth time in as many games as they attempt to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2014.

Chelsea will be without Mason Mount and Jorginho due to suspension, in addition to Silva and Abraham. The pair have combined to score six of Tuchel's 13 goals, and the German coach admits they will be significant losses against the La Liga side.

"They are two key players for us," the German coach said. "Especially Mason for his offensive skills and his power to break the lines with dribbles and shots.

"There is a small line between arguments and excuses, so while they've been important players so far, we have a group in which we compete in this competition.

"So now is the challenge to adapt and find solutions because we will play without the two guys. We will also need to play without Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham. There are no more injuries [apart from those two].

"So we will without four players and that makes our selection easier because we can choose 20 fit players. We will use the whole squad because we can use five substitutes in the match.

"We have a clear idea of what we want to do and how we want to create chances. But we are very aware that Atletico is one of the best teams in Europe when it comes to not giving away chances.

"So it will be likely we have to be patient but play with intensity. We need to keep our level constant, that is the key tomorrow."

When asked when Chelsea can expect Silva and Abraham to return, Tuchel replied,
"With the international break coming, I don't think I am taking too big a risk saying that after the international break they will be rejoining the squad.

"That is the clear plan."