Eva Carneiro could be heading back to Chelsea, with her lawyers poised to claim for reinstatement in her role as first team doctor at Stamford Bridge.
This is according to Sky Sports, who understand the legal row between Carneiro, Jose Mourinho and Chelsea will be discussed at a private court hearing on January 6.
Carneiro’s lawyers will also claim damages for sex discrimination from Mourinho as well as personal injury compensation and aggravated damages from Chelsea Football Club.
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It’s unlikely that either Carneiro or Mourinho will personally attend the preliminary hearing, which is set to take place at the London South Employment Tribunal in Croydon.
Evidence submitted is likely to include emails and text messages sent by Carneiro, Mourinho and Chelsea Football Club back in August.
Eva Carneiro was blasted by Mourinho
Mourinho blasted the doctor after she rushed onto the pitch, alongside her colleague Jon Fearn, to treat Eden Hazard in the closing stages of Chelsea’s Premier League opener against Swansea City.
The Portuguese coach was infuriated that the medical staff members had entered the field of play during a crucial period of the match and labelled them “naive” in his post-match press conference.
Mourinho subsequently dropped both of them from the Chelsea bench - a hugely controversial decision - while Carneiro, 42, decided to leave the club six weeks after being criticised.
Surely Eva Carneiro won't return to Chelsea?
It seems inconceivable that Carneiro would agree to return to Chelsea with Mourinho still at the club.
But stranger things have happened in football.
Chelsea fans: is there any chance of Eva Carneiro returning to the Bridge? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
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