chelsea defender tiago silva looks set to miss the next six weeks of action with another big blow. Graham Potter and Chelsea.

Chelsea manager under fire finds himself on the field needing a comebackhowever, he will lack a key defensive leader during a busy season.

Silva limped during the club’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. and now he’ll be on the sidelines for a long time after suffering a knee ligament injury.

Potter confirmed the defender will miss about six weeks ahead of Chelsea’s Leeds game on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Mason Mount will miss the Stamford Bridge match, which Potter describes as “a problem in his lower abdomen”, and Reece James is suspected of having a hamstring injury.

More good news for Potter, N’Golo Kante is back in full practice and is about to return to the game.

For the former Brighton manager, who took over the London club in September, back-to-back defeats continued his tough run.

Chelsea are in tenth place in the Premier League, 14 points behind the fourth-placed Spurs.

Potter said on Friday he felt fans’ fears for the rest of the season were “understandable”.

“The fans care, and it’s understandable how it turned out,” the 47-year-old said. “They hurt too, and so do we.

“We thank them for their support – and when he lost to the lower ranked team at home You expect a negative response. We didn’t give them enough to give them a reason to be excited for the team.

“We all agree that we can do better. We are all fighting but we have to show it on the field and it has to manifest in three points.”

Potter confirmed he has spoken to club owners again, who continue to support the Englishman despite Chelsea’s struggle.

There’s support and I’ve talked to them,” Potter said. “But I won’t hide behind it. The results are not good enough.”

Chelsea host Borussia Dortmund at Stamford Brige on Tuesday after hosting Leeds in the Champions League round of 16 second leg.

After the first match in Germany, Dortmund took a 1-0 lead.