Willian will miss Chelsea’s Premier League clash with champions Leicester on Saturday after being granted compassionate leave following the death of his mother.

The Brazil playmaker wrote a poem in his native Portuguese in tribute to his mother on Instagram on Thursday after her death.

Chelsea sent their condolences to the 28-year-old and his family.

Chelsea said on their website: ‘All of us at Chelsea Football Club are sending our love and deepest condolences to Willian and his family after the passing of his mother. We are thinking of you Willian.’

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Willian’s mother, Dona Zeze, 57, had been battling a brain tumour for more than two-and-a-half-years.

Willian and late mother
Willian and late mother
She had been through five operations and received chemotherapy, but succumbed to the illness at the Syrian-Lebanese Hospital in Sao Paulo following complications.

Just over a month ago, Willian revealed for the first time in an Instagram message that he was suffering from personal problems. He told how his mum had been in a ‘two-and-a-half-year struggle’ against brain cancer and spoke of her phenomenal ‘strength’ in fighting the disease.

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In a message to his mother, he said: ‘I am following this battle while away from you. It is not what I wanted and if I could I would be by your side twenty-four hours giving you all the love, affection and power to get you through this. But unfortunately my profession does not allow me to do so.

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‘It’s been challenging, but with faith in God everything will be fine and you will be back as you were before. Because to see your smile makes me happy and comforts my heart. Get better soon mum.’

Daily Mail