Report: Midfielder who Potter loves could be about to miss the World Cup, Chelsea are linked with him

Reports have claimed that Ecuador could be facing expulsion from the World Cup just months before the competition gets underway.

According to Sportsmail, the South American side are in danger following revelations that one of their players, Byron Castillo, has been using a false birth certificate being covered up the nation’s Football Federation.

The news comes as a massive shock, with there being just a few months until the competition gets away, with Ecuador set to take part in the opening game of the tournament against Qatar.

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There are also ramifications for England, with them having the chance to face the South American side in the first knockout round of the tournament.

This could result in highly promising midfielder Moses Caicedo missing out on his first senior international tournament, potentially taking him out the shop window for interested clubs.

Caicedo could miss World Cup

One of those reported intrigued parties are Chelsea, who have reportedly put Brighton on edge due to their interest in his services.

He already has one admirer at Stamford Bridge, with new manager Graham Potter previously waxing lyrical about him when he was in charge of him at the Amex.

The move is likely to be somewhat of a dream for the 20-year-old, who only established himself as a Premier League starter less than a year ago.

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However, with potentially no World Cup to show off his talents in, he may be overlooked for other targets as Todd Boehly is set to spend big again.

With the news that Chelsea made a late, big bid for Southampton’s Romeo Lavia, it can be expected that they will consider moving for the Belgian again if he continues to impress this summer.

This could leave Caicedo out in the cold, unless he registers a remarkable campaign without the leadership of Potter at the helm.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.