Papy Djilobodji, Chelsea’s deadline day defensive signing, has been left out of the club’s Champion’s League squad.
Clubs are required to submit a 25 man squad to UEFA for the group stages of the Champion’s League before the competition begins proper, signaling which players they intend to use in Europe’s premier contest.
26 year old Djilobodji, who was signed from French club Nantes in a £4 million deal, has been left out of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s squad for the competition. The Senegalese defender has been bought with the intention of giving some competition to the Blues’ current defensive crop, especially considering the team’s poor start to the season.
John Terry, the Chelsea captain, was substituted during the team’s 3-0 loss away to Manchester City. He returned to the first XI for their game against West Bromwich Albion but was promptly shown a red card when he hauled down Solomon Rondon when was through on goal. That meant he missed the defending Premier League champion’s game at home to Crystal Palace that the Blues lost 2-1.
Despite the other new Chelsea signings Asmir Begovic, Abdul Rahman Baba, Pedro and Radamel Falcao being included in the Champion’s League squad, however, Djilobodji has been left out by the self-proclaimed Special One.