Chelsea club doctor Eva Carneiro has received the backing of a leading lawyer who insists that she should be allowed to return to work.
Carneiro has yet to resume her role after being publicly lambasted and then heavily criticised by Jose Mourinho following the 2-2 draw with Swansea last month.
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Chelsea are refusing to comment on the situation, and Carneiro has now missed matches against Man City, West Brom and Crystal Palace as the club continues to decide her future.
Meanwhile, the Gibraltar native has remained in discussions with her lawyers, and Mary O’Rourke QC of the Football Medical Association insists that the 41-year-old “has done nothing wrong”.
“I think you will find FIFA on Friday saying the same thing that they did nothing wrong because their duty was to the player as their patient, the referee, the FA and actually their job in the club is to look after the players not to run the team and not to be tactically aware.
“Much though one understands the passion of the manager or coach you [as a medical professional] have to prioritise the player because, apart from anything else, if a player sues he doesn’t sue the manager he sues the doctor, physio or the club.”
It remains to be seen what is decided by the club and Mourinho, but it is certainly another distraction in a season in which they have struggled on the pitch so far.
The Premier League champions have lost two of their opening four games of the season, and are already eight points adrift of title rivals Man City.