Eden Hazard has been left out of Chelsea’s squad for their Europa League opener at PAOK.
Maurizio Sarri indicated he could rest the Belgium international after he scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s Premier League defeat of Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge.
And Hazard is the headline absentee from the 21-man travelling party for Thursday’s match against the Greek side.
David Luiz, Mateo Kovacic and Emerson Palmieri have also been left behind by Sarri.
Chelsea have won all five of their Premier League matches under the Italian ahead of their clash with PAOK.
However, they had to come from behind to down Cardiff 4-1 at the weekend, with Hazard’s hat-trick turning the game around after Sol Bamba opened the scoring for the visitors.
Elshewhere, Wales international Ethan Ampadu has signed a new five-year contract at Chelsea.
The Blues confirmed the news Wednesday and provided some comments from the 18-year-old: “I’m really proud and happy. I’m looking forward to the next five years and all I have got to do now is continue to work hard, and hopefully good things will happen.”
Ampadu has yet to break into the Chelsea first team, making just one Premier League appearance from the bench along with a handful of cup showings.