Ashley Cole joined John Terry in failing to make Chelsea’s Champions League clash at Napoli tonight.
Blues captain Terry was today ruled out for several weeks after aggravating a knee problem, while Cole (calf) was not risked, meaning Jose Bosingwa started at left-back.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas made a huge decision by drafting in Florent Malouda instead of Frank Lampard, but he did axe Fernando Torres for Didier Drogba, as expected.
Napoli recalled fit-again goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis and made three further changes.
Napoli: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica, Maggio, Inler, Gargano, Zuniga, Hamsik, Lavezzi, Cavani. Subs: Rosati, Grava, Dossena, Dzemaili, Fernandez, Pandev, Britos.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Bosingwa, Ramires, Meireles, Malouda, Sturridge, Drogba, Mata. Subs: Turnbull, Cole, Essien, Lampard, Torres, Mikel, Kalou.
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)