Diego Costa left out of Chelsea’s Champions League squad.
Diego Costa has been omitted from Chelsea’s squad for the Champions League group stage.
The 28-year-old has been absent without leave since the start of the summer amid rumours of a move back to Atletico Madrid.
Costa claimed manager Antonio Conte informed him via text message that he was surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge in June.
His falling out with the club escalated further last month after he accused them of treating him like a “criminal” in a newspaper interview and revealed that he had been fined for missing training.
Nevertheless, the forward was named in Chelsea’s squad for the Premier League this season suggesting there may at least be some way back into the first-team.
But the omission from the Champions League squad throws his future into further doubt.
Each club must submit a squad with a maximum of 25 players – Chelsea only named 21 players in their squad on Monday afternoon.
Among those named must be a minimum of two goalkeepers and eight “locally-trained players” – i.e. players who spent at least three years between the ages of 15 and 21 on the club’s books or on the books of another club in the same country.
An unlimited number of players can also be registered on a ‘B list’ if they were born in 1996 or later and have been eligible to play for their club for an uninterrupted period of two years since their 15th birthday.
Chelsea’s ‘B list’ players include Andreas Christensen, Jake Clarke-Salter and Kyle Scott.
The club can swap up to three players for the knockout stages in January.
Chelsea squad for Champions League group stage: Willy Caballero, Thibaut Courtois, Eduardo, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Davide Zappacosta, Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen*, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Jake Clarke-Salter*, Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Pedro, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Victor Moses, Kenedy, Charly Musonda, Willian, Kyle Scott*, Alvaro Morata, Michy Batshuayi
* Player on ‘B List’
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The pair were influential figures on and off the pitch in Chelsea’s Premier League title triumph last season.
And despite interest from Real Madrid earlier in the window, Conte managed to keep hold of his star winger this summer.
Hazard has fallen out with his boss in the past such as with Jose Mourinho when he was sacked in 2015.
Conte’s future has also been speculated about after Chelsea missed out on a number of his key transfer targets.
But between just player and manager, Hazard is happy under Conte.
Although the Belgium international maintains they are professional at Stamford Bridge more than anything.
“I have a good relationship with all my managers,” Hazard told the Daily Mail.
“You know we train every day together and we can talk together and laugh together.
“So yes absolutely we have a good relationship.
“I wouldn’t say ‘friends’ because it is difficult to be friends with your manager so I wouldn’t say that.
“But we have a good relationship.”
Hazard is yet to feature this season as the 25-year-old has been recovering from an ankle injury.
However, after playing for Belgium on international duty, Conte is expected to bring Hazard back for Chelsea at Leicester on Saturday.