Cole joins Terry on sidelines

Ashley Cole joined John Terry in failing to make Chelsea’s Champions League clash at Napoli tonight.

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)

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