Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the unlucky Chelsea player to miss out on being selected for their Champions League squad for the remainder of the season.
The 33-year-old was snubbed by the Chelsea head coach for the Champions League knockouts as Potter took the option to include the maximum of three new signings allowed onto the 25-man A list.
Enzo Fernandez, Mykhailo Mudryk and Joao Felix were the fortunate trio, while Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos, Noni Madueke and David Datro Fofana missed out.
Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Edouard Mendy, Marcus Bettinelli
Defenders: Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Kalidou Koulibaly, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marc Cucurella, Wesley Fofana
Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Denis Zakaria, Conor Gallagher, Carney Chukwuemeka, Mason Mount, Enzo Fernandez, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Raheem Sterling
Forwards: Kai Havertz, Mykhailo Mudryk, Joao Felix
Players included: Lewis Hall, Charlie Webster, Armando Broja
Chelsea had to unregister one player to include three of their new January signings and Aubameyang was the one selected.
Instant aftermath reaction has followed following a report by Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph who claims there is a ‘feeling the club are trying force him out’.
He was signed on deadline day last summer from Barcelona but Thomas Tuchel, who it appeared he signed to play for, was sacked a week later.
Potter explained prior to the announcement of the squad how he would make his decision, which Aubameyang has now learned with the 47-year-old holding a private conversation with the Gabon international to explain his choices.
“They’re tough decisions, that’s for sure,” said Potter on Thursday. “Each player brings something but we had to make a decision on the overall make-up of the group, the overall make-up of the squad, and look at it in that way. There’s no other way to articulate it, to be honest.”
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