Chelsea full-back Ryan Bertrand is hoping for his second start of the season tonight as the Blues travel to Everton in the Carling Cup.

With Ashley Cole suspended following his fifth yellow card of the season picked up against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, Bertrand could be chosen to fill the void at left-back.

The 22-year-old featured in the last round against Fulham and is craving another opportunity to impress at Goodison Park.

"It's obviously quite hard sometimes having been so used to playing week in week out since I was 17, but it's a big club, Chelsea," he said.

"At the same time you like to think that if you train hard you can get on the bench and get a few minutes here or there."

Bertrand has spent spells on loan at the likes of Bournemouth, Norwich City and Reading, where he learned his trade before earning his first Blues start, an experience he counts as a valuable one towards his developments as a seasoned pro.

"I think it's definitely good for the club and the players to get out on loan and learn how to play the game," he said.

"Most players that come in here will have the ability and the potential to go on and do great things, but to learn how to deal with scenarios and games makes you a better player.

"When you go out you do realise how lucky you are being a Chelsea player, but I came from Gillingham and I know what that holds, and that you have to make the most of everything Chelsea has to offer. If I stayed at Gillingham life could have been very different, you don't know, but I'm just grateful that I'm at Chelsea and have had this massive learning experience.

"When you're younger you take for granted that you'll have a good career and win medals, you win tournaments in youth football as we did and see the cups and medals that the club has won in the past few years, but silverware is hard to come by."

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