Chelsea club doctor Eva Carneiro’s position at the club has been thrown into serious doubt after her role was downgraded.
Carneiro was criticised by manager Jose Mourinho following the 2-2 draw against Chelsea on Saturday.
And it is understood her duties at Stamford Bridge have changed significantly owing to a backroom shake-up.
Her job title as first-team doctor will remain unchanged, but it is understood that Carneiro will not attend training sessions, games or enter the team hotel.
While she was on the bench for the clash against Swansea; Carneiro is not expected to be on the bench for Sunday’s trip to Manchester City.
Carneiro will continue to work with the senior squad at the club’s Cobham HQ, however, despite her demotion with regards to match-related issues.
The news calls into question Carniero’s long-term future with the Barclays Premier League champions.
Having been the figurehead of the club’s medical operations, Carneiro may now consider walking away from west London.
The reduction of Carneiro’s responsibilities will be viewed as a direct result of the public row between the medic and Mourinho over the past few days.
Mourinho claimed Carniero did not ‘understand the game’ after took to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard during the closing stages of of Saturday’s draw.
And Carneiro may have antagonised her manager after taking to Facebook to post: ‘I would like to thank the general public for their overwhelming support.
‘Really very much appreciated.’
During the opening day clash, Carneiro immediately dashed on to the pitch to treat Hazard but Mourinho insisted the medic made the wrong decision.
Rules state that an outfield player must be ushered back on to the field of play from the sidelines by the referee after receiving treatment in order to minimise timewasting.
Mourinho was left frustrated by his medical team’s decision as his side were already reduced to 10 men following Thibaut Courtois’ 52nd-minute dismissal.
The Portuguese tactician, speaking to Sky Sports following Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City, said of his medical team: ‘I was not happy with my medical staff. Even if you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench you have to understand the game.
‘You have to know you have one player less and when you go to the pitch to assist a player you have to make sure your player has a serious injury.
‘I was sure he hadn’t a serious problem. He had a knock, he was very tired. But my medical department – on an impulse – was naive and left me with eight outfield players in a counter attack after a set piece.’
Mourinho lavished praise on his players for claiming a point – despite being reduced to 10 men with 38 minutes left on the clock – and refused to comment on Courtois’ red card.
He added: ‘I do not want to speak about red cards.
‘It is just because the first time I can control myself. I want to react this way so you don’t say he was [complaining] from day one. In day one we were punished, but it was not on day one that I opened my mouth.
‘I never played for a draw. Never. So if we lose, we lose. But at home a draw is only good in special circumstances, like last year, for example, when we were almost champions so a draw against Manchester United was a good result.
‘Apart from that, we play at home to win and we tried that, so it is normal. The players know that. They know one point is one point.
‘Playing with 10 men for such a long time is much more difficult and fundamentally I am happy with the quality they had in the first half and I am happy with their spirit in the second half, so we are in peace. We are not happy with the result.’
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