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When will Joao Felix return for Chelsea after Fulham red card and how long is he suspended for?

The games Joao Felix will miss after Chelsea star sent off in Fulham Premier League clash

Joao Felix’s start to life at Chelsea did not go as everyone associated would have hoped for. The 23-year-old was sent off by referee David Coote in the 58th minute after a dangerous challenge on Kenny Tete.

Felix’s dismissal came at the worst possible time for Chelsea after Denis Zakaria was forced off injured moments earlier. Fulham went on to win the game courtesy of Carlos Vinicius’s header past Kepa Arrizabalaga to pile more pressure onto Graham Potter.

Speaking after the defeat, Potter defended Felix’s intentions with the challenge but admitted he understood Coote’s decision.

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“It was a reaction from the side and it was a forward’s tackle,” Potter said. “There was no malice. I understand the sending-off. It is another blow. I thought he was good, you could see his quality in the game, so it is a double disappointment for us.”

The defeat compounds Chelsea’s misery in 2023. Since the turn of the year, the Blues have played four games and failed to win one, scoring only two goals. They remain in 10th place, 10 points off the top four, with any hopes of bringing the Champions League back to Stamford Bridge gradually receding.

How long is Joao Felix suspended for?

The length of suspension varies, according to the Premier League rules, depending on the nature of the dismissal.

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Two yellow cards would result in a single match ban, as would an accumulation of yellows – as we saw with Aleksandr Mitrovic, who missed the clash against Chelsea after picking up five cards this season.

In Felix’s case, receiving a red card would result in a two or three match ban.

When will Joao Felix return for Chelsea?

With a three match suspension to be served, Felix will be absent for Chelsea for the rest of January.

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While the Blues are out of all domestic cup competitions, Felix will miss three Premier League matches.

These include Sunday’s London derby against Crystal Palace, Chelsea’s trip to Anfield on Saturday, January 21, and Chelsea’s home clash against Fulham.

The Portugal star could return to action on Saturday, February 11, when the Blues face West Ham at the London Stadium.

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This means that Felix could have to wait until the following week to make his Stamford Bridge debut against Southampton.

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