Graham Potter surprised to see injured Chelsea star Mason Mount included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad
The midfielder will not be available for the Blues’ Premier League clash with Everton on Saturday but has been named in the 23-man squad announced by Southgate on Thursday.
Mount has not played for Chelsea since the 2-0 loss to Tottenham at the end of February and will miss Saturday’s game at Stamford Bridge with a pubic bone injury which will also rule him out.
The PA news agency understands that a breakdown in communication between Chelsea and the England side led to Mount’s inclusion in the squad announced on Thursday, but that conversations had taken place in advance over the lack of availability. by Raheem Sterling. Sterling, who suffers from a hamstring injury, was not on Thursday’s roster.
Potter admitted his surprise at Mount’s selection and confirmed the player would not be fit to play for club or country before the end of the international window.
“He was never available as far as I know,” Potter said. “Probably as a club we will (ask for clarification on why he was appointed). I don’t have all the contacts of all the doctors.
“As far as I know, he wasn’t going to be available for us this weekend. He needed some time for his injury to settle down which pretty much ruled him out of England.
“If (England) needed a bit of time to check on that, I don’t know. I don’t think there is anything untoward. Sometimes a player can be named but they stay still a few days when things can be changed.As far as I know he was not available.
“Mason has good days, and he has days when he has a setback. It’s a bad time. Hopefully if we can handle him during that time, he could be okay.”