Thiago Silva injury threatens chance to end Wembley hoodoo with Chelsea

Thiago Silva - Thiago Silva injury threatens chance to end Wembley hoodoo with Chelsea

Thiago Silva, the Chelsea central defender, is facing an uphill battle to avoid more Wembley heartache ahead of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Liverpool.

Silva has lost all three trips to Wembley as a Chelsea player and is desperate to end his hoodoo in what might be the 39-year-old’s last chance to win a trophy under the famous arch.

A groin injury suffered against Crystal Palace is threatening to rule Silva out of the final, with the Brazilian already rated as being unlikely to be able to start the game.

A place on the substitutes’ bench may not be out of reach, but Silva would have been hoping to start what might be his last chance to end his Wembley curse as a Chelsea player – unless the club also reach the final of the FA Cup this season.

Silva’s contract expires at the end of the season and Chelsea are not expected to extend it.

After joining the club in 2020, Silva lost an FA Cup final to Leicester City at Wembley, before losing twice to Sunday’s opponents Liverpool in Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals.

Silva has been a huge success at Chelsea since joining on a free transfer from Paris St-Germain, but losing all three of his Wembley finals with the club and missing out on a fourth would go down as a significant regret.

Chelsea have recently proved they can cope without Silva, as Maurico Pochettino’s team secured a draw against Manchester City with Axel Disasi partnering Levi Colwill and beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup with Disasi next to Benoit Badiashile.

It is not just Silva who has a Wembley hoodoo hanging over his head. Chelsea have lost their past six attempts to win silverware at the national stadium since lifting their last domestic cup in 2018.

Other than the three defeats Silva has been involved in, Chelsea lost to Arsenal in the 2020 FA Cup final and were beaten by City in the final of the Carabao Cup the previous season, having also lost to Pep Guardiola’s team in the 2018 Community Shield.

Following last month’s semi-final victory over Middlesbrough, Ben Chilwell disclosed that he and Silva were desperate to improve their Wembley records with Chelsea.

“It’s three finals we’ve lost, so 100 per cent there is unfinished business,” Chilwell said.

“I was talking to Thiago in the shower [after the Middlesbrough game] and saying how we’ve got unfinished business at Wembley. We’ve both been there three times and Chelsea have lost three times, so, for sure, we want to go and win.”

Silva added: “Now we have another final at Wembley. If I’m not mistaken, the three times I went there, I lost all three. So, I think it is time to win, right?”

Chelsea’s appointment of Sam Jewell was confirmed on Monday after Telegraph Sport exclusively reported on the club’s offer to Brighton’s head of recruitment.

Jewell will become the 11th Brighton player or staff member to join Chelsea under co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, and will take up a global scouting role for Chelsea and their affiliate clubs after serving a period of gardening leave.