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Chelsea forced to dump Lukaku due to Champions League squad rules

Chelsea were forced to squeeze out new signing Romelu Lukaku out of their Champions League squad.

With only 17 non-homegrown players allowed by UEFA regulations, the £20million summer signing will not be able to feature in the group stages.

But 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 new recruits Oriol Romeu, Juan Mata and Raul Meireles are all in the 22-man group.

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

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