Chucho Departure Explained

Last updated : 30 September 2009 By Brian Cartlidge
The Blues striker has been granted compassionate leave because his father has been involved in a car-crash.

It is highly unlikely that Benitez will fly back to England for Blues' away game at Burnley this weekend as both he and team mate Giovanny Espinoza are expected to be named in Ecuador's squad for their two forthcoming World Cup quaifiers against Uruguay on 10th October and Chile on 14th October.