See the Player Chelsea Have to Remove from Champions League Squad to Register Mudryk

Chelsea Football Club will face a squad conundrum as they prepare for their upcoming Champions League round of 16 match against Borussia Dortmund on February 15th.

The Blues, who recently acquired Mykhailo Mudryk for a reported £87 million, have now exceeded the maximum number of non-homegrown players allowed in their Champions League squad. According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea currently have 18 non-homegrown players on their books, while only 17 can be registered for the competition.

To make room for their new arrivals, Manager Graham Potter will have to make the difficult decision of omitting a current squad member. Easy candidates for omission include Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante and Denis Zakaria, who are all currently dealing with injuries. Pulisic is set to miss the next two months with a knee injury, while Juventus loanee Zakaria is suffering from a quadriceps issue. Kante has not played since August due to a hamstring problem.

Despite their recent transfer activity, Potter acknowledged that the club cannot always rely on the transfer market to solve their problems. In a post-match interview following Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday, he stated, “I think we’ve got to be, not necessarily careful, but I think you’ve just got to understand that we’ve got about 10 or 11 players unavailable. So, obviously, you can’t just sign players to replace those because in the end, you have a squad of 30 and that’s the problem.” Potter went on to stress the importance of making the right decisions and finding the right solutions to improve the team.

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