Chelsea winger Kevin de Bruyne's first proper season with the Blues is in crisis mode, after being dropped and publicly criticised by manager Jose Mourinho.
Questioned over the Belgian international, Mourinho became so agitated he stormed out of Monday's pre-match press conference.
De Bruyne should have been part of the squad which travelled to Romania to face Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League but was left out and made to train with the under-21 squad instead.
Shortly after the match kicked off, De Bruyne posted an update on his Twitter page illustrating he had been reduced to watching his teammates on television like the rest of us.
Lets go boys. Win this game pic.twitter.com/pC5b9tPWqe— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) October 1, 2013
It's a depressing situation for the player and fans of the club who had waited 18 months after he signed to see him play a competitive game for Chelsea.
To take a positive from the situation, at least the 22-year-old is not so fed up he is avoiding the game altogether. He appears committed to the club, with his 'Let's Go Boys' call - showing he is not letting his frustration get the best of him.
If questions about his attitude in training by Mourinho were true, then the reality that watching Chelsea games on television rather than playing in them could be the wake up call he needed.
Fans will hope this is a one-off rather than a regular occurrence and the winger gets an opportunity to prove himself as soon as possible.
What do you make of the De Bruyne-Chelsea situation? Can it be resolved soon?
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