Chelsea could be set to leave stalwarts John Terry and Frank Lampard out of their FA-Cup semi-final battle with Man City, reports The
The veteran pain have been regular fixtures on the starting sheets whenever Chelsea have visited Wembley in recent times, with Lampard having started all 11 Chelsea visits to the stadium during the Roman Abramovich era.
John Terry has only missed one community shield in that time. Impressively, Lampard has featured in 32 of the 34 semi-finals or finals fixtures since Amramovich’s arrival in 2004, missing only the two semis of the 2008 League Cup with a thigh injury.
Neither player has missed a minute of an FA Cup semi-final or final since 2006, but it appears that streak is likely to be broken when Rafael Benitez announces his squad for Sunday’s clash with English champions Man City.
Benitez has instilled a policy of rotation amid a heft fixture pile-up, and both players appear to have accepted this policy as the right thing to do.
I’ve been lucky enough to have a lot of great finals for Chelsea at Wembley and elsewhere and we’ve had some success there,” said Lampard, who it is still believed will reluctantly depart Chelsea in the summer as no new contract has yet been announced.
“But every game is different and none of us is sure we’re playing on Sunday. Being considered an ‘automatic selection’ depends on how you’re playing, what manager you have and the relationships you have with them, and things change.
“I don’t think anyone is an automatic selection with the manager at the minute because there are lots of games and he’s changing it regularly. So I’m like everyone else: I want to play every game but it’s not possible.”
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