Ross Barkley denied chance to make Chelsea debut in Norwich FA Cup replay

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Chelsea are seeking to arrange a behind-closed-doors friendly this week to grant Ross Barkley game time after discovering only on Sunday that the new signing is ineligible to make his debut on Wednesday againstNorwich.

Antonio Conte had envisaged selecting Barkley among his substitutes for the FA Cup third-round replay at Stamford Bridge with a view to the 24-year-old playing his first competitive football of the campaign. Yet the Chelsea club secretary, David Barnard, pointed out that the England international had completed his £15m move from Everton after the midday cut-off on the day before the original tie at Carrow Road.

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Source: theguardian
Ross Barkley denied chance to make Chelsea debut in Norwich FA Cup replay