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Jose Mourinho answers critics over Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn medical row


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that team doctor Eva Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn will not be on the bench for Sunday's away game against Manchester City.

The two were criticised by the Portuguese after they rushed on to the pitch last week leaving the Blues with nine men against Swansea.

Mourinho has however not ruled out their return at some stage during the season.

"I don't want to run away from [the incident]. I accept the question and understand," Mourinho told reporters on Friday afternoon.

"First of all, I want to say I have a fantastic medical department, with top doctors, more than a dozen professionals, a very good relationship with them and, as they tell me all the time, they were never praised so much as in last few years. I praise them lots of times. They don't forget that, I don't.

"We have disagreements during this period [but] we need disagreements to improve. We work together.

"Your question about the bench... for some people it's very important. For others, the most important thing is not what people think you do, it's what you do. The bench is my responsibility. It's my decision.

"Every week I face a decision about the bench. I have seven assistants, only four can go on the bench. We have four kitmen, only one goes on the bench.

"Medical, only two go to the bench.

"It's important to be on the bench for some; for others it's more important what they do behind the scenes for the good of the team.

"Jon Fearn and Dr Carneiro will not be on the bench but that doesn't mean that Sunday is the rest of our season or the rest of our careers.

"My decision [this weekend] does not mean they won't be on the bench in the future.

"[Now] if you want to speak with me about football I'm here, if you want to speak about other issues, I'm not here."

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