Chelsea have omitted deadline day signing Papy Djilobodji from their Champions League squad. Uefa rules demand clubs participating in Europe's premier competition name at least eight players who qualify as a 'locally trained players' and 'association-trained players' within their 25-man squad.
Chelsea have reached their limited of 'non-locally trained players' having included new signings Radamel Falcao, Pedro, Asmir Begovic and Baba Rahman on their squad list. Having added regular members of their squad in the list, the Blues were left with the decision of selecting two of out of the three of Djilobodji, Bertrand Traore and Kenedy. The young forwards were selected ahead of the defender leaving Chelsea with just three recognised centre halves at their disposal for their European campaign.
Kenedy, whose summer move from Fluminense was delayed while he waited to receive a work permit, made his competitive debut for the club against Crystal Palace on 29 September. Traore is still awaiting his full debut having been given the number 14 shirt this season, previously worn by Andre Schurrle.
Djilobodji was an unexpected arrival at Stamford Bridge in the final hours of the transfer window. Following the club's failed pursuit of Everton defender John Stones, the club turned to the Senegal international, who reportedly cost £2.7m ($4.1m). He was joined by Reading defender Michael Hector, albeit briefly, with the 23-year-old Jamaica international immediately re-signing for the Royals on a season-long loan.
Chelsea squad list for Champions League group stages:
Asmir Begovic, Thibaut Courtois, Jamal Blackman, Branislav Ivanovic, Kurt Zouma, Baba Rahman, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta, Cesc Fabregas, Oscar, Ramires, Eden Hazard, John Obi Mikel, Bertrand Traore, Kenedy, Nemanja Matic, Willian, Pedro, Diego Costa, Loic Remy, Radamel Falcao, Ruben Loftus-Cheek