CHELSEA star Thiago Silva suffered a nightmare return to action after he was red carded against West Brom.
The Brazilian lasted just 28 minutes in his first outing since February but was given his marching orders after picking up two yellow cards.
The 36-year-old had been hoping to banish his West Brom demons after his horror Premier League debut against the Baggies in September.
Silva conceded three on his first Blues outing in the memorable 3-3 draw and has now seen red in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge.
The former Paris Saint-Germain defender picked up a yellow within the opening five minutes for a lunge on Matheus Pereira.
And then straight away Christian Pulisic had given Chelsea the lead, Silva rashly jumped into Okay Yokuslu on the edge of the area.
His red card after 29 minutes is Chelsea’s earliest in a Prem game since Gary Cahill was sent off after 14 minutes against Burnley in August 2017.
Silva also now boasts the unwanted record of being the oldest Blues player to be sent off in the league, overtaking John Terry vs Sunderland in 2016.
And despite Thomas Tuchel sending on Andreas Christensen at the expense of Hakim Ziyech, West Brom hit back in stunning fashion.
Pereira latched on to a long clearance from keeper Sam Johnstone to break free of Chelsea’s defence and deftly lift the ball over Edouard Mendy.
The Brazilian then turned the game on its head two minutes later after finding the back of the net with a clever low finish at the near post.