Cahill driven to stay as Terry’s ban nears end

CHELSEA defender Gary Cahill has reaffirmed his intention to remain in his side’s first team as John Terry’s four-match ban nears its completion.

Club captain Terry and David Luiz have this season largely been manager Roberto Di Matteo’s first-choice central defensive pairing but since the former’s suspension after the Football Association found him guilty of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers’s Anton Ferdinand, Cahill has been his consistent replacement and is consequently reluctant to return to the sidelines.

“The bench is not where I want to be,” he said. “It has been frustrating for me at times this season but I think we rotate the team well and as long as you are getting as much game time as other people and not looked upon as the third-choice then that is fine.

“With the amount of fixtures we have got coming up, I don’t think you can keep a pair together consistently.

“You are going to be changing, but it’s important that you are up there in that rotation, and it is rotation.”

Terry will on Saturday complete the final installment of his ban when Chelsea are away in the Premier League to Swansea, while Luiz has again been guilty of producing typically mercurial form.