Why N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva are missing for Chelsea against Tottenham


Why N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva are missing for Chelsea against Tottenham

Chelsea take on Tottenham

Chelsea host Tottenham this evening in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final with former boss Antonio Conte’s new side.

The winner across the two legs will be rewarded with a trip to Wembley, to take on either Arsenal or Liverpool, who contest the other semi-final.

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And, more worrying, there was no sign of either N’Golo Kante or Thiago Silva in the matchday squad.

Why the pair are missing

And now, as per journalist Alison Bender, an explanation for their absence has been forthcoming.

Apparently, the pair have both tested positive for COVID-19, leaving Chelsea increasingly short of first team options, especially in the centre of midfield, and with Saul Niguez already being deployed as an auxiliary wing-back thanks to injuries to Reece James and Ben Chilwell.

The pair will also miss the return leg, but, should Chelsea make it, will be back for the final.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 21 40 53
2 Chelsea FC 21 29 43
3 Liverpool FC 20 34 42
4 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
5 West Ham United 20 10 34
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 19 3 31
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 0 28
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 0 27
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Crystal Palace 20 -1 23
12 Brentford FC 19 -3 23
13 Aston Villa 19 -5 22
14 Southampton FC 19 -9 21
15 Everton FC 18 -9 19
16 Leeds United 19 -16 19
17 Watford FC 18 -14 13
18 Burnley FC 17 -11 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 19 -34 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 6



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