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Chelsea star 'frustrated' with Di Matteo's selections

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has revealed he is becoming frustrated with Roberto Di Matteo's rotation policy at Stamford Bridge.

The England centre-back has been forced to share playing time with John Terry and David Luiz this season, with one of the three sitting out.

John Terry now faces a prolonged spell on the sidelines as he serves his four-match ban in the Premier League, but Cahil admitted it's still frustrating having to split first-team duties with two other teammates.

"It has been frustrating for me at times this season, I'm not going to lie - like on Tuesday night in the Champions League, the rotating," Cahill told the Sunday Mirror.

"I think you can accept it if you are playing the same amount of games as everybody else. That's the only way you can come to terms with it."

Cahill swapped Bolton for Chelsea earlier this year, and made 10 Premier League appearances for the Blues last season.

But his reduced playing time also impacted his England selection chances, and Cahill saw Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott and Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka edge ahead in Roy Hodgson's squad.

The Chelsea defender played alongside David Luiz on Saturday as the Blues suffered their first home defeat of the Premier League season against Manchester United.

But Chelsea still sit top of the table, one point clear of title contenders Manchester United and Manchester City.

The Blues face United again on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup, with Cahill and Luiz likely to resume their partnership at the heart of the Chelsea defence. Luiz came in for criticism for his performance against United on Sunday, but Roberto Di Matteo has little choice but to retain the Brazilian.

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