Russia midfielder Yury Zhirkov remains positive his injury problems will clear up and allow him to make an impact at Chelsea.

The £18million summer signing from CSKA Moscow has so far been limited to just two appearances this season, and is still to feature in the Barclays Premier League and - with left-back Ashley Cole out injured - the versatile 25-year-old could be set for a run in the first team, provided he can get match fit.

"I try to remain optimistic: many players have had such difficulties. I am not the first, not the last," Zhirkov said in Russian newspaper Sport Express. "It is a pity that the problems coincided with my move to a new club, but if I keep being distressed the situation will not change. I must work and believe that everything is going to straighten out soon."

He added: "In Chelsea the team is very good, all of them understand my situation.

"My case is not the first one, many newcomers of Chelsea were sidelined in the first months in the club."

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