Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is maintaining his media silence in protest at the fine given to him by the Football Association for his actions at Aston Villa earlier this year, reports Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror.
According to the article, Mourinho is still "seething" at the £8,000 fine imposed on him for approaching referee Chris Foy during the Blues' defeat at Villa Park in February.
Chelsea assistant manager Steve Holland instead took over Friday's media duties ahead of the visit of Sunderland in the Premier League.
Holland is quoted as saying:
This is a crucial period and the most important message from Jose to all of them is we will need everybody in our group. They have to understand that.
We won’t get through this process with 11 or 12 players. It’s a group of games where we’ll need everyone, and they’ll have to give everything when their opportunity arises.
Jose is a very experienced manager in these situations, who knows how to handle himself.
But as the leader, the players are always looking at him, to see how he’s dealing with things.
Meanwhile, Ashley Cole looks set to leave Chelsea in the summer, with Lipton reporting that the left-back will not play in the Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid next week.
With Branislav Ivanovic suspended, the article claims Mourinho will play David Luiz at right-back instead of moving Cesar Azpilicueta across from the left.