Bertrand hungry for chance

Underused Chelsea left-back could feature in cup clash

Ryan Bertrand: Hoping to take advantage of Ashley Cole's suspension against Everton

Ryan Bertrand is hoping he can capitalise on Ashley Cole's suspension from the Carling Cup tie with Everton on Wednesday night.

The 22-year-old has featured only twice for Chelsea since signing from Gillingham in 2005 despite making more than 150 professional appearances while on loan.

Bertrand's Blues career consists of a first-team debut last season in a 3-0 Premier League win over Birmingham City followed by 120 minutes against Fulham in the previous round of this term's Carling Cup.

The left-back competes for a place with Cole, who completed his 50th successive Premier League appearance at Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.

"It will be good if I can get a game under my belt, every chance you get to play for Chelsea is a really big thing," Bertrand told the club's official website.

"I'm hoping to get a run out. Everton are a good side and I'm sure it will be a good cup game so it would be good to be involved."

Impact

The young defender joined the club as a teenager and despite struggling to make a regular impact in his favoured position he remains positive about life as a Blues player.

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

"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."

"When you go out you do realise how lucky you are being a Chelsea player. I came from Gillingham and if I stayed life could have been very different," said the England Under 21 international.

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

"For a young player like me it would be fantastic to be involved in something like the Carling Cup to get a medal."