The Courier-Mail

Chelsea medicos get Special One treatment

- ANTHONY HAY

CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho hit out at his medical team for going on to the pitch without knowing the extent of an injury, accusing his staff of potentiall­y costing the English Premier League champions a late, winning goal.

The Blues were temporaril­y reduced to nine men during the closing stages of the Barclays Premier League match when Eden Hazard received medical attention from doctor Eva Carneiro.

Mourinho, dubbed the Special One, was left frustrated by his medical team’s decision as his side was already reduced to 10 men after Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’ 52nd-minute dismissal.

Carneiro and Mourinho exchanged words on the touchline during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City.

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 time-wasting.

“I was not happy with my medical staff. If you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench you have to understand the game,’’ Mourinho said.

“When you go to the pitch to assist a player you have to make sure your player has a seerious injury. I was sure he hadn’t a serious problem. It was naive and left me withh eight outfield players (for a short period of time).’’

Courtois was red-cardedd for a challenge on Swansea’s ’s Bafetimbi Gomis at Stamford rd Bridge. Gomis converted the he penalty that allowed Swansea ea to equalise for the second time. e.

Manchester United mannager Louis van Gaal says goalkeeper David de Gea may yet play for the club again despite being dropped for their 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

De Gea was omitted from United’s squad after van Gaal fr from Real he may not pick De G Gea until the transfer window cl closes early next month.

“Sergio saved us twice, so that’s also good. Sergio trained only two days with his fellow players,’’ he said.

United gave debuts to five c close-season signings, but the overall performanc­e against Tottenham was unconvinci­ng and they needed a first-half o own goal from Kyle Walker to se secure victory.

Leicester City finished the day on top of the table after Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez inspired them to a 4-2 home win over Sunderland in Claudio Ranieri’s first game as manager.

 ??  ?? BACKFIRE: Swansea City goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski watches the own goal by Federico Fernandez (not pictured); and (inset) Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho confronts team doctor Eva Carneiro on the pitch. Pictures: Getty Images, Twitter
BACKFIRE: Swansea City goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski watches the own goal by Federico Fernandez (not pictured); and (inset) Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho confronts team doctor Eva Carneiro on the pitch. Pictures: Getty Images, Twitter
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