Chelsea boss Graham Potter has revealed Mason Mount was left out of the England squad because of injury after Gareth Southgate made his announcement on Thursday.
Potter recently revealed that Mount has been suffering from an abdominal injury with the 24-year-old missing their last three matches in all competitions against Leeds United, Borussia Dortmund and Leicester City.
However, some fans on social media have a theory that he is being kept out of the team because of his contract situation with Liverpool, Manchester United and other clubs interested in his services.
Mount’s deal runs out at the end of the 2023/24 season and there are currently no signs that Chelsea and the midfielder are close to an agreement.
But Mount’s absence from England is a clear sign that he’s also being left out at Chelsea because of injury with Potter updating the media on issues before their match against Everton on Saturday.
“Raheem [Sterling] has a problem with his hamstring,” Potter has said in his press conference (via Football.London).
“It’s not too serious but he’ll miss the game at the weekend and the international trip. It’s the same with Mason. He’ll miss the England camp as well. Thiago [Silva] and Azpi [Cesar Azpilicueta] are out. N’Golo Kante has a chance of being back in the squad.”
On N’Golo Kante, Potter added: “Managers before me have spoken very highly of N’Golo because he’s a top, top player. He’s a huge miss to us.
“N’Golo Kante is N’Golo Kante. It’s great for us he is back and we have to be mindful he has a long injury. We have to take the steps to get him up to speed in the Premier League.”
Potter has had a poor season at Chelsea after replacing Thomas Tuchel in September with the Blues currently sitting tenth in the Premier League table.
However, they’ve now won three matches in a row in all competitions and Potter has managed to guide them into the Champions League quarter-finals where they will face Real Madrid.
Potter told reporters: “The feeling is excitement but I’d rather speak about Everton right now as that’s the game tomorrow. The other stuff is far away.”
On facing Carlo Ancelotti, Potter said: “I’ve played against him when he was at Everton. He is a gentleman and there’s nothing I can say in terms of the respect I have for what he’s achieved in his career. I think the length of time he’s had between Champions League wins – twenty years – that is incredible.”
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