The Blues boss has already suffered a blow from the international break ahead of the club’s next match as Thiago Silva will be unavailable.
Thomas Tuchel has announced Thiago Silva will miss Chelsea’s next match after his call-up for Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers.
As Brazil was on the UK’s red list during the previous international break, Silva didn’t join the national team in order to avoid an extended period in quarantine once he returned to London.
The 37-year-old, however, will link up with the Selecao this time as the COVID-19 rules have relaxed.
He will be available for three games against Venezuela (October 8), Colombia (October 10), and Uruguay (October 15) – which is just a day before Chelsea visit Brentford in the Premier League.
“He will go and then he will play for Brazil, and then he will come back on the matchday versus Brentford,” said Tuchel about Silva on the club’s website.
“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 matchday 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.”