It seems like Thiago Silva won't be missing out on Paris Saint-Germain's UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash with Chelsea after all.
As reported by the club's official website (in French, translated by the author), the Brazilian centre-back suffered a slight fracture of the left zygomatic that will not require surgery:
Today's medical tests conducted on Thiago Silva showed evidence of a fracture to the left zygomatic with moderate pressure.
Surgery will not be necessary, and the duration of his absence will depend on how the pain evolves in the next few days.
His participation in the Champion League quarter-final will not be compromised.
Silva suffered the injury during Friday's clash with Lorient in an aerial battle with Vincent Aboubakar. The Brazilian received a blow to the head and was unable to continue the match. But fears of a possible concussion were unfounded, as tests conducted on Saturday revealed a fracture with only minor depression.
PSG's veteran centre-back will most likely be out for a couple of days and could miss some time on the field, as shared by BeIN Sports' Jonathan Johnson:
According to the club's website, Silva would not risk further damage by playing and a timetable for his return will be based solely on whether the Brazilian international can manage the pain.
Silva is widely considered to be one of the top defenders in football, and he will play a vital role for his club in their upcoming Champions League games against Premier League leaders Chelsea. PSG Tourist quoted teammate Marquinhos on what his absence would mean for the French champions:
Marquinhos: "Thiago Silva is our captain, an important player and our leader on the pitch. We're a bit worried because he's injured." #PSG— PSG Tourist (@PSGTourist) March 21, 2014
Barring any complications, it appears that the Brazilian will be available for the club's quarter-final match against The Blues, which will be played on 2 April.