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Chelsea could be without key defender for first CL clash due to FIFA rulings

If FIFA decides to penalize Chelsea for their recent conduct, Thiago Silva may be forced to miss the opening Champions League night.

According to the Daily Mail, the football federation may take action against clubs who fail to release players for international duty.

This is due to Zenit's decision to recall Malcom and Claudinho from Brazil's national squad in order to have them available for the match against Chelsea on September 14th.

Zenit will go to Stamford Bridge for their first European match in less than two weeks, hoping to field a full squad against the defending champions.

They were concerned that if Malcom and Claudinho went to Brazil, they would be unable to participate because of quarantine laws about returning from nations on the UK's red list. They may, however, lose out due to FIFA rules prohibiting anyone from representing their country despite being asked to do so, Those who were not released by their domestic employers for the international interlude might face a five-day suspension.

This may come back to haunt Chelsea, who denied Silva the chance to go with Brazil, Despite the fact that the 36-year-old is not a regular for Thomas Tuchel, his European night experience has proven crucial.

He may also be in line for a start against Aston Villa on Saturday, only three days before Zenit arrives in South West London, Brazil may lodge a complaint with FIFA in the hopes of reducing the five-day punishment to two days.

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