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Chelsea Boss To Drop Two Big-Name Stars Against Schalke, While Key Striker Limps Out Of Training

Portuguese was left “angry and frustrated” with loss against the Magpies. 

Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho is set to axe both defender Ashley Cole and midfield player Frank Lampard for Wednesday night’s crucial Uefa Champions League fixture with Schalke 04, while the west London club are now also likely to be without in-form front man Fernando Torres too through injury against the Germans, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

The west London club face the Bundesliga giants in their group-stage clash at Stamford Bridge on the back of a shock 2-0 loss to Newcastle United in the Premier League at St James’ Park on Saturday lunch time.

As a result, it is understood that returning Blues boss Mourinho is now set to wield the axe when the Germans visit the capital, with veteran England internationals Cole and Lampard the two facing the hook after limp showings in the north east last weekend.

In fact, in the case of Chelsea’s 35-year-old midfielder, Lampard has actually been subbed early in the second half in both of the club’s previous two league encounters, while Cole has been below his usual best all campaign long.

And with Spain international Torres having also limped out of training at Cobham on Monday afternoon with a muscle problem, the Portuguese is now expected to recall the likes of Gary Cahill, Andre Schurrle, Willian, Samuel Eto’o and Cesar Azpilicueta against Schalke.