Wednesday 24 January 2018

Eva Carneiro will not attend training sessions, games or enter Chelsea team hotel after row

Eva Carneiro talks to Jose Mourinho after treating Eden Hazard
Eva Carneiro talks to Jose Mourinho after treating Eden Hazard

Matt Law

Eva Carneiro’s place on the Chelsea bench is under threat after the club doctor’s role was significantly changed as part of a backroom shake-up by manager Jose Mourinho.

The timing of the changes will raise a number of questions after Carneiro was publicly criticised by Mourinho, following the 2-2 Premier League draw against Swansea City.

It is understood that while Carneiro will remain Chelsea’s first-team doctor, she will not attend training sessions, games or enter the hotel. As things stand, she is not expected to be on the bench for Sunday’s trip to Manchester City.

Carneiro, however, will still carry out her work with first-team players at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground in what is being seen as a re-tasking of duties.

It remains to be seen whether Carneiro will accept her new lower-profile role long term, although she is not the only member of Mourinho’s staff to have their working arrangements changed.

Over the summer, Mourinho has made a number of changes to the ways in which members of his support staff work and there will be more to follow.

Mourinho suggested that club doctor Carneiro did not “understand the game” after she attempted to treat Eden Hazard in stoppage time of Chelsea’s draw against Swansea.

Facebook post, Carneiro responded by writing: “I would like to thank the general public for their overwhelming support. Really very much appreciated.”

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Despite his team’s excellent injury record last season, Mourinho claimed on several occasions this summer that Chelsea’s medical department must improve, ahead of his post-Swansea outburst.

This is not the first time Mourinho has clashed with a Chelsea doctor. In 2005, Neil Frazer left the club after a dispute regarding the fitness of Arjen Robben.

Following the opening-day draw against Swansea, Mourinho said: “I wasn't happy with my medical staff because even if you are a medical doctor or secretary on the bench, you have to understand the game.

“If you go to the pitch to assist a player, then you must be sure that a player has a serious problem. I was sure that Eden didn't have a serious problem. He had a knock and was very tired.

“My medical department left me with eight fit outfield players in a counter attack after a set piece and we were worried we didn't have enough players left.”

Carneiro was promoted to her role with the Chelsea first team by Andre Villas-Boas in 2011 and has been an ever-present through the reigns of Rafa Benitez and Mourinho.

One of few women to be part of a Premier League first-team set-up, she was subjected to sexist abuse from Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal fans earlier this year.

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