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Bertrand in line for shock start

Bertrand in line for shock start
By Eurosport

19/05/2012 at 16:31Updated 19/05/2012 at 21:59

Ryan Bertrand could be handed a shock midfield starting role for Chelsea in tonight's Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

Roberto Di Matteo is considering the gamble amid continued uncertainty over Florent Malouda's fitness, with the Frenchman still suffering from a hamstring strain sustained against Blackburn Rovers last Sunday.

Bertrand, who has never played in the Champions League, was not even in Chelsea's squad for the group stage, and has most commonly been used this season as Ashley Cole's understudy at left-back.

However, the 22-year-old played 47 minutes in midfield against Blackburn, and has been used there in training this week.

He is likely to start if Chelsea's fitness coach Chris Jones deems Malouda unable to play 90 minutes.

Di Matteo said on Friday: "I've been trying different solutions to cover every eventuality."

The Italian is wary of the threat Bayern pose down the Chelsea left, and Bertrand's inclusion would allow them to combat both Arjen Robben and the overlapping Philipp Lahm.

Chelsea are missing regular starting midfielders Raul Meireles and Ramires through suspension, while Michael Essien has not hit top form since returning from a long-term knee injury.