Chelsea will have to prepare for Sunday’s game against Arsenal without manager Carlo Ancelotti following the death of his father, Giuseppe.
The Italian flew out to his homeland earlier in the week to be with his father, who passed away at the age of 87 on Wednesday night.
Ancelotti will remain with his family in Italy for the funeral on Saturday before returning to London to take his place in the dugout at Stamford Bridge.
The Italian’s backroom team will take charge of preparing the Premier League champions for the summit clash against the Gunners prior to his return on the day of the game.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “Carlo Ancelotti’s father Giuseppe passed away in Italy last night aged 87 with his son at his side.
“Everyone at Chelsea Football Club sends our deepest condolences to Carlo and his family. They are all in our thoughts at this time.
“The funeral will take place in Italy on Saturday. Carlo will return to London for Sunday’s match versus Arsenal.”