CHELSEA have revealed the reason why they opted to omit Ross Barkley from their squad to face Fulham today.
The 24-year-old – who has enjoyed a stunning start to the season – was a notable absentee for the West London derby at Stamford Bridge.
Getty Images – Getty4 Ross Barkley was left out of Chelsea's squad to face Fulham at Stamford Bridge
Reuters4 England international Barkley has impressed for the Blues this season
Barkley has featured in 18 games in all competitions for the Blues this campaign – banging in three goals and providing four assists.
But the England international was left out of the Chelsea squad after it has been claimed he picked up a knock in the Europa League win against PAOK.
Taking to Twitter, Chelsea said: "Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that @RBarkley8 picked up a knock in Thursday's 4-0 win over PAOK, and so is being rested today."
Boss Sarri looks to be taking no chances ahead of Wednesday's away trip to Wolves, followed by a home tie against Manchester City next week.
Getty Images – Getty4 Barkley, 24, picked up a minor knock in the win against PAOK on Thursday night
Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that @RBarkley8 picked up a knock in Thursday's 4-0 win over PAOK, and so is being rested today. #CHEFUL pic.twitter.com/3YI1e6kOVN
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 2, 2018
Getty – Contributor4 Barkley has netted three goals in 18 games in all competitions this campaign
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Croatian ace Mateo Kovacic replaced Barkley in the starting XI to face Claudio Ranieri's struggling side.
The midfielder – on loan from Real Madrid – has featured regularly under Sarri since making the move from Spain.
He will be hoping to put in another impressive performance as he looks to nail down a starting spot.
And with Chelsea set for a busy Christmas period, you can be sure Sarri will continue to ring the changes.
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