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Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola will miss Chelsea’s Europa League clash against Malmo.

The Italian was admitted to hospital due to illness and will miss the game despite being released from the hospital before the game.

The 52-year-old club legend underwent surgery on a gallstone problem before Monday’s FA Cup defeat against Manchester United and was re-admitted to hospital due to complications today.

Zola could also miss Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City due to the illness.

Zola was a fan favourite during his playing days at the club and is regarded as one of the club’s best ever players. He scored 80 goals in 312 games for the Blues and won two FA Cup’s as well as the League Cup, European Cup Winners’ Cup and European Super Cup.

With Maurizio Sarri’s job under pressure, Zola has been tipped to take over from the 60-year-old if he faces the sack, but his current health problems could be a factor if the board decides to replace Sarri with Zola.

Zola in his last press conference ahead of the Manchester United clash backed Sarri to turn things around at the club.

“There are questions about what we’re doing, a lot of doubts,” Zola said.

“We are trying to adapt to the league – we are adapting but we don’t change what we believe is good for this club because otherwise we are nothing.”

Asked if maybe Sarri could change his methods, Zola said: “How do people know we are not making changes?

“We are adjusting things. You have to understand that this is the Premier League.

“We adjust without changing where we want to go.

“The direction is always the same.”

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