The Belgian winger has not travelled with the Blues for Tuesday’s group clash in Romania with Steaua Bucharest and has instead been instructed to report for under-21s training for the next three days.

A frustrated De Bruyne is now left facing a bleak few months at Stamford Bridge until the transfer window opens when he will seek either a loan or permanent move in order to save his World Cup dream.

Jose Mourinho assured the 22-year-old that he would be part of his plans this season and blocked another loan stint at Werder Bremen while Champions league finalists Borussia Dortmund were also said to be keen on his services.

However after starting the first game of the season against Hull De Bruyne has found himself on the fringes of the team and was dropped from the match-day squad for the London derby against Tottenham.