Ryan Bertrand wants to take the chance to impress in the Chelsea first team afforded to him by Ashley Cole’s injury and give interim manager Rafael Benitez a selection headache, Sky
Cole will be absent for the next few weeks after injuring his hamstring during Chelsea’s FA Cup quarter-final win over Manchester United on Easter Monday, and with the Blues’ packed schedule that means the former Arsenal defender stands to miss a substantial number of games.
Bertrand is Chelsea’s back-up left-back and will deputise for Cole in the seven matches of April, coming in three different competitions. The hectic month begins with a Europa League tie at Stamford Bridge against Rubin Kazan and also sees Chelsea try and sure up their place in the Premier League’s top four and reach the FA Cup final, with Manchester City the semi-final opposition.
“It’s down to me to keep training well, keep my performances up to a level and keep pushing and pushing until the time comes,” Bertrand said, adding: “Personally it’s a chance for me to come in now and play in the next few games, but it’s just important to focus on the next game and make sure we get the right results.”
Bertrand continued: “[Cole] has been a focal point for my career even before he was at Chelsea.
“He was someone I used to watch when I was younger and having him here at Chelsea has been a good chance for me to see first-hand how he goes about his work day in, day out and he provided a good basis for me to plan around.”
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