Chelsea are set for a new row with the Football Association over England manager Roy Hodgson's plans to hold an informal get-together for his Three Lions squad at St George's Park base later this month.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been contacted by the FA to discuss Hodgson's idea, which is to gather his troops on a Thursday night in January to discuss their schedule for 2015.
Hodgson wants Gary Cahill to form part of a meeting he sees as important for team bonding and progression, but Chelsea are widely expected to block the Blues defender travelling to Burton due to their heavy schedule at the end of the month.
League Cup commitments to thwart plans
Mourinho wants Cahill to rest as much as possible ahead of Chelsea's League Cup semi-final clash with Liverpool, which runs across both the midweeks Hodgson would ideally like his meeting of the minds to take place.
The £80,000-a-week Blues star has been the subject of talks between Mourinho and the FA, but almost certainly won't be released as Chelsea pull rank in a bid to keep their best players focused for what's still a push for the quadruple in 2015.
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Cahill under the cosh
Cahill had been ever-present in the Premier League for Chelsea until last weekend, with Mourinho deciding to use Kurt Zouma instead against Newcastle United.
Zouma produced an accomplished performance in the 2-0 victory on Saturday, which piles the pressure on Cahill to be back on top form when he returns if he wants to keep his place alongside Blues skipper John Terry.
The 29-year-old has made notable mistakes in recent weeks against Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle, with Mourinho deciding to use a home game against the Magpies to give one of his key men a rest that's perhaps a little overdue.
Mourinho is clearly planning to manage Cahill's schedule very carefully in the coming weeks, which means he won't be catching up with Wayne Rooney and co. if the Blues boss gets his way.
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