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More cup heartache for Terry

Amsterdam – Chelsea captain John Terry suffered cup final heartbreak for the second time in 12 months when he missed out on selection for Wednesday's Europa League showdown against Benfica.

The former England centre half was left out of the starting line-up after failing to recover from a twisted ankle he sustained in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League win at Aston Villa.

Chelsea's John Terry on the pitch ahead of his side's Europa League final match against Benfica at the Amsterdam Arena. Credit: REUTERS

Terry also missed last season's Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich through suspension.

Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic were chosen by interim manager Rafa Benitez as the two central defenders on Wednesday, with utility player David Luiz picked as Frank Lampard's partner in midfield.

Coach Jorge Jesus, bidding to end a run of six straight defeats in European finals for Benfica, preferred Rodrigo to Lima in attack. – Reuters

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