Yuri Zhirkov worried by lack of Chelsea action

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Chelsea full-back Yuri Zhirkov has admitted he is 'worried' by a lack of first-team action.

The Russia international joined the Blues in an £18million deal from CSKA Moscow 12 months ago but a combination of stiff competition and injury problems restricted him to just ten Premier League starts last term.

Ashley Cole and Florent Malouda remain ahead of Zhirkov in the pecking order on the left-hand side of the starting line-up this season and the 27-year-old is concerned at his lack of action.

"I'll certainly get a chance in the next few months and I'll try to use it completely," he said.

"Then, in the winter, everything will probably depend on whether I got this chance and how I used it.

"We are currently in brilliant form and getting past Malouda and Cole is problematic.

"Everyone understands about the competition. Once you are on the bench you can be there for a long time. But I will definitely get a chance.

"The thoughts when you are watching your team play are always the same – you support, worry and your soul wants to be on the pitch to help."

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