With the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics starting in a little over a month, the deadline for submitting the final squad lists for the third big international tournament of the off-season is quickly approaching.
Many teams have already named preliminary squads, or have announced their overage players, or have revealed at least a partial list of players they're considering. The whole process if a bit less formal and more scattershot than the Euro squad selection process, but one gets the feeling this tournament is really truly important for just one nation, the hosts Brazil. They will call upon none other than Neymar as one of their three allowed overage players. There had been rumors previously that Chelsea's Willian may be another, but after the terrible showing by the team at Copa America and a long overdue coaching change, it's perhaps unsurprising that Chelsea's Player of the Year was left out.
Chelsea winger Willian will not be called to play in this summer's Olympic games in Rio. The Brazilian was part of his country's Copa América squad in the USA, but he does not feature on Rogerio Micale's 35 man provisional list for the games.
Neither does Oscar or Kenedy or Lucas Piazon or anyone else.
As far as Chelsea involvement at the Olympics, it looks like John Obi Mikel (one of the three overage Nigerian players to be selected) may be the lone torch-carrier, assuming he doesn't leave the club in the meantime. We already know that Andreas Christensen opted out of the competition as well, but former Chelsea trainee Isak Ssewankambo is in the Swedish preliminary squad.
UPDATE: It looks like Kenneth Omeruo will be joining the Super Eagles as well! Back in April he said he wasn't going, but a couple days ago, he apparently changed his mind. The NFF have listed him as part of their provisional squad.
Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea FC, England), Sodiq Saliu (Seraing FC, Belgium), Abdullahi Shehu (CF Uniao, Portugal)— The NFF (@thenff) June 24, 2016