Di Matteo may turn to youngster Bertrand

Roberto Di Matteo is believed to be considering starting with Chelsea youngster Ryan Bertrand in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

Interim boss Di Matteo’s options are limited given that Ramires and Raul Meireles are among the Blues players suspended for the big game, while Florent Malouda is an injury doubt.

England Under-21 international Bertrand, who usually operates as a left-back, has made only 12 first-team starts for Chelsea and has never played in Europe.

But he has been deployed on the left of midfield during training sessions this week and would offer his team added defensive cover against Bayern’s dangerous right-sided combination of Philipp Lahm and ex-Chelsea man Arjen Robben.

Daniel Sturridge, who has failed to impress since Di Matteo was placed in charge, looks likely to miss out.

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