Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has decided to change the role of club doctor Eva Carneiro, days after publicly criticising her for treating Eden Hazard during stoppage time in the 2-2 draw against Swansea City last weekend.
Mourinho was angered when Carneiro and another member of the Chelsea medical staff rushed on to the pitch while Chelsea were defending a set piece in the closing stages of the Premier League fixture.
“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,” Mourinho told reporters after the match.
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Gibraltar-born Carneiro, a popular staff member at Stamford Bridge, thanked fans for their support via Facebook a day later.
“I would like to thank the general public for their overwhelming support,” she wrote. “Really very much appreciated.”
Eva Carneiro axed from Chelsea bench
The Telegraph now understand that Mourinho has decided to change her role - meaning she will remain as Chelsea’s first-team doctor but will not attend training sessions, matches or even the team hotel.
Carneiro has been a firm fixture on the Chelsea bench over the past few seasons but, as things stand, will not be present at the Etihad Stadium this Sunday for the Blues’ second Premier League fixture of the 2015-16 campaign against Manchester City.
The experienced doctor, though, will continue working with Chelsea’s first-team players at the club’s training ground in Cobham.
But it is currently unclear whether Carneiro will accept her new role with the Premier League champions.
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