Chelsea XI v Southampton: Confirmed team news, predicted lineup, latest injury list for Premier League fixture
The Brazilian was spotted in training this week, but Thomas Tuchel confirmed on Friday that he is not yet ready to feature.
Winger Christian Pulisic is also a major doubt for the trip to St. Mary’s, with Tuchel revealing the American is struggling with muscle tightness in his calf.
“He is in a bit of a zone of risk, that’s how I understood it yesterday,” Tuchel said. “There’s a big question mark for Christian and Thiago is out.”
There was better news, however, on forward Tammy Abraham, who was forced off early in the win over Newcastle in midweek but was fit enough to train on Friday.
Tuchel also confirmed that German midfielder Kai Havertz is fit and available again, though it seems unlikely that he will start.
Chelsea predicted line-up (3-4-1-2): Mendy; Azipilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount; Werner, Abraham.
Injury doubts: Thiago Silva, Tammy Abraham, Kai Havertz