Papy Djolibodji unavailable for Chelsea in Champions League

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Jose Mourinho must scour through his defensively-stripped Chelsea side in order to find cover for summer-signing Papy Djilobodji in Europe after it emerged, as per the Daily Mail, that the Senegalese's inclusion wouldn't meet the Champions League's squad quota.

Signed for £2.7 million on transfer deadline day from Nantes, Djilobodji's signature came as a surprising but welcomed one given the Blues' desperation for defensive cover after what has been a shaky start to the new season.

Hailing from Senegal, Djilobodji seemed to impress Mourinho with his Ligue 1 displays and hence landed a dream move on deadline day, but was left out of the Blues' Champions League squad given the clubs inability to include a minimum of eight 'locally trained players'.


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Therefore, Mourinho has just 22 players to pick from, and instead included forwards Bertrand Traore and Kenedy to add numbers to a side desperate for defensive cover in the Champions League.

John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma are the only recognised centre-backs in the 22-man squad that Chelsea have submitted, and while Ivanovic is a capable cover in central defence, any sort of injury or suspension could spell trouble.

The champions maintained a low profile in the closing stages of the long-winded transfer period and were heavily expected to land a defender having pursued John Stones for the entirety.

However, Mourinho was ultimately unable to prise the want-away defender due to Everton's resilience to sell, and instead resorted to the aforementioned Djilobodji and Reading's Michael Hector, with the latter sent out on loan, further condemning their lack of defensive back up.

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