Ryan Bertrand is set to be thrown in at the deep end for Chelsea again on Wednesday as he prepares to fill the void left by Ashley Cole for both club and country.

Roberto Di Matteo all but confirmed on Tuesday that Bertrand would start the Blues' "must-win" Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk after admitting Cole would miss the game through injury. And Bertrand could also find himself called upon by England boss Roy Hodgson, who is set to name his squad on Thursday ahead of next Wednesday's friendly with Sweden.

"Ryan has always performed very well for us every time he's played," Di Matteo said. "He's got that little bit of experience that helps and I have full confidence in him that he'll play a great game."

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