Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has promised Ashley Cole, Juan Mata and others seeking first team action that they will get their chance in the next week. Sunday's Premier League match with Southampton is the first of nine matches in December for the Blues.

"Now is time for the squad," Mourinho said.

"And now is time for everybody to feel that they have a chance, when we play now Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday, Southampton, Sunderland and Stoke.

"The SSS week, everybody will have a chance."

Cole's absence in recent weeks - with Spain right-back Cesar Azpilicueta preferred - has been a surprise despite the England left-back's niggling rib problem.

"Ash will play for sure and will have the chance to show that he's fine," Mourinho added.

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