The Football Association have rejected Chelsea’s appeal against the red card handed to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the 2-2 draw with Swansea City on Saturday.
The Belgian was sent off by referee Michael Oliver in the second half at Stamford Bridge, having tripped Bafetimbi Gomis, who scored the resultant penalty to earn the visitors a point.
The Blues were hopeful of getting the decision overturned, but an Independent Regulatory Commission did not find enough evidence for the red card to be rescinded.
Courtois will therefore miss Chelsea’s trip to Manchester City on Sunday. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have been installed as Premier League title favourites following their 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.
Summer signing Asmir Begovic replaced Courtois after his 52nd-minute dismissal against Swansea and will deputise for the 23-year-old from the start at the Etihad Stadium.
Jamal Blackman is Chelsea’s third-choice stopper and is likely to take Begovic’s place on the bench. The 21-year-old has yet to make a senior league appearance in his career.
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