Blues on brink of expensive Carneiro battle
Chelsea were in imminent danger last night of being taken to court by Eva Carneiro over Jose Mourinho's banishing of her as the first-team doctor at Chelsea.
Carneiro and the Premier League champions have failed to agree a severance package following her departure last month.
This means that, barring a last-minute deal, her only recourse is to lodge a constructive dismissal claim at an employment tribunal, something that could lead to Chelsea being pursued for hundreds of thousands of pounds.
The deadline for submitting such a claim is next week, with the law allowing complainants a three-month window.
Carneiro has not reported for work since she and physio Jon Fearn were banished from the bench by Mourinho for treating Eden Hazard during Chelsea'sopening-day draw with Swansea City on August 8.
Meanwhile, Diego Costa is hopeful of handing Mourinho a much-needed boost ahead of Saturday's Premier League game against Liverpool.
The striker was forced out of Tuesday night's League Cup defeat by Stoke City with a rib injury and was immediately taken to hospital for X-rays.