Chelsea face French champions Paris Saint-Germain in the much-anticipated Champions League quarter-finals.
The Champions League quarter-final clash between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain is arguably the most unpredictable of the four ties.
Chelsea are showing their huge potential under boss Jose Mourinho as they lead the Premier League table by four points, and their recent 6-0 demolition of Arsenal will have sent out a warning to Europe’s best.
The reigning French champions PSG on the other hand have been excellent during Laurent Blanc’s debut season as manager, comfortably leading Ligue 1 by 10 points as well as demonstrating their power in the Champions League.
The tie appears firmly in the balance, with Galatasary defender Aurelien Chedjou – who has encountered both clubs in his career – favouring the west London side 51/49 in a recent interview with RMC.
Those odds, however, might have slightly changed over the weekend as Chelsea receive an unlikely boost going into the match.
Brazilian international defender Thiago Silva suffered a fractured cheekbone during Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 victory over Lorient on Friday night – with the club issuing the following statement:
"Examinations on Thiago Silva performed so far have revealed a fractured of the left zygomatic bone.”
"His condition did not require surgery. Downtime will depend on the evolution of pain in the coming days. His participation in the quarter-finals of the Champions League should not be compromised."
The 29-year-old is expected to make the first-leg in Paris which commences in ten days, however, such an injury could really cast doubt over his ability to compete in areal challenges.
Thiago Silva is renowned for his ability at set-pieces in both penalty areas - demonstrated by his three league goals this term - and if he isn’t able to fully compete for areal duels, then it’s certainly a welcome relief for Jose Mourinho and his men.
Will Chelsea benefit from Thiago Silva’s fractured cheekbone in their upcoming quarter-final clash in Paris?