After getting criticized by manager Jose Mourinho after the game against Swansea on Saturday on Opening Day of the Premier League, it looks like team doctor Eva Carneiro will be banned from being on the bench with the team.
Several British media outlets, including the Daily Telegraph, reports that the 41-year-old doctor will not be allowed on the bench during games anymore. The situation that Mourinho criticized Carneiro for came late in the game against Swansea when Eden Hazard took a knock and laid on the grass. Carneiro and her staff rushed out to the player, but since he received treatment on the field, he had to go off to the sidelines before coming back in, which put Chelsea down to nine men briefly, as goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had been sent off early in the second half.
“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 said after the game.
“If you go to the pitch to assist a player, then you must be sure that a player has a serious problem. I was sure that Eden didn’t have a serious problem. He had a knock and was very tired.
“My medical department left me with eight fit outfield players in a counter attack after a set piece and we were worried we didn’t have enough players left.”
Mourinho has now banned Carneiro from matchdays according to sources, but she will still work as a first-team doctor for the club at the training grounds in Cobham. Carneiro has been with Chelsea since 2009, and has worked with the first-team since 2011.