Chelsea supporters wiped the sweat from their brow when they discovered that Ethan Ampadu won’t be allowed to play against them for Sheffield United this Sunday.
Nizaar Kinsella confirmed that Ampadu would not be given special dispensation to feature in the Blades FA Cup quarter-final tie with Chelsea.
Here’s how Blues fans reacted to the news that they wouldn’t be witnessing the Welshman this weekend.
Ampadu has been on loan from Chelsea at Sheffield United since last September.
His performances have generally been one of the few positives in a season that’s been riddled with negatives for his current team.
Unless a miracle occurs, the Steel City club looked destined for Premier League relegation this year.
Their one saving grace could be a good cup run. But even this looks neigh-on impossible.
Thomas Tuchel is yet to taste defeat as Chelsea manager and it would be one of the biggest shocks in a campaign full of surprises if they lost to Sheffield United in two days’ time.
Temporary Blades coach Paul Heckingbottom will have a tall order ahead of him when he takes his team to Stamford Bridge.
This task has been made even tougher with the removal of Ampadu from his line-up.
It would have been a perfect opportunity for the 20-year-old to prove himself to his Chelsea employees first-hand.
However, football is a results business and the Blues clearly don’t want to give their opponents any more advantages than necessary.