Chelsea’s new central defender Thiago Silva will return to the side for Saturday’s Premier League visit to Burnley having been rested in the club’s Champions League win over FK Krasnodar in midweek, manager Frank Lampard said on Thursday.

Brazilian Silva joined Chelsea on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in the close season, and Lampard wants to carefully manage the amount of time the 36-year-old plays each week.

“Thiago is fit. Taking him out of Russia was a maintenance issue,” Lampard told reporters on Thursday.

“He could have played if he had to but we had to put it in context of what is ahead of us. I’m making sure we get the best out of him towards the end of the season.”

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