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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is yet to start a game for Chelsea this season with the defender making his first appearance of the season against West Ham after replacing the injured Antonio Rudiger.

Cahill revealed last week that he wasn’t happy with his squad status and admitted he might have to leave Chelsea in January to get more game time.

Cahill returned just a week before the start of the season and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has sticked with Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz, after working with the duo during pre-season. Missing pre-season has seen Cahill drop down the pecking order at Chelsea this season.

Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has urged Cahill he have his chances.

Asked if he has a message for the unhappy Cahill, Zola told reporters: “First of all, whether he plays or not tomorrow, it won’t be a reflection of what you’re saying.

“It’s totally understandable that Gary is upset. We want him to be upset. It means he cares. But he’s a top professional and is doing everything correctly.

“He just needs to be patient. He came back late, and the players that were here were doing well. He will have his chances, and then it’s down to him to take his chances in the best way.”

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