Jose Mourinho says Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn could return to the Chelsea bench very soon but the pair will certainly not be in duty when Chelsea take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Carneiro – the club doctor – and club physio Jon Fearn were criticised by Mourinho after running onto the pitch to treat Chelsea winger Eden Hazard in the closing minutes of their 2-2 draw with Chelsea last weekend.
It was then revealed that Carneiro would continue in her role as first-team doctor, but only work at the club’s training ground and not attend first-team games.
When asked by Sky Sports News HQ journalist Andy Burton about the situation regarding the medical staff at the club , Mourinho said
“First of all I want to say I have a fantastic medical department led by Dr Paco Biosa. I have a good relationship with them,”
“They tell me they have never been praised as much as they have done by me in the last couple of years.
“Jon Fearn and Dr Carneiro will not be on the bench on Sunday but that doesn’t mean they cannot be in the future.”
Speaking further the Portuguese tactician added
“They will not be on the bench on Sunday, that is clear, that is my responsibility.”
“Normally when things go well managers keep it to themselves. I have praised them lots of times in the last couple of years and they don’t forget that.
“They also told me that we have had disagreements during that period. We need disagreements to improve.
“We work together and we improve together. That is the way we do things. It is a relationship that is open to disagreement.”