Champions League - Lukaku omitted from Chelsea squad

Fri, 02 Sep 17:40:00 2011

Chelsea's new £20 million signing Romelu Lukaku has been omitted from their Champions League squad, because they do not have enough homegrown players to meet UEFA quotas.

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With only 17 non-homegrown players allowed by UEFA regulations, the 18-year-old striker, who joined from Anderlecht this summer, will not be able to feature in the group stages.

Given only four of the eight homegrown players can be "association trained", England U21 international left-back Ryan Bertrand is another not included.

However, promising young midfielder Josh McEachran will be available as the 18-year-old is set to be part of Chelsea's 'B' list.

Chelsea's other summer signings Oriol Romeu, Juan Mata and Raul Meireles are all in the 22-man group, reduced from the maximum size of 25 due to the lack of eligible club-trained players: only captain John Terry fits that brief, with four needed overall.

Regulations for the domestic Premier League are different, and would see Lukaku counted as one of Chelsea's under-21 players, so not part of the 25-man quota.

PA Sport

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