Lampard and Cole facing the axe.
Jose Mourinho could axe experienced duo Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole for Chelsea’s crunch Champions League clash against Schalke, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Portuguese was left ‘angry’ by the Blues 2-0 loss at Newcastle this weekend and the England pair could pay the price in a game Chelsea cannot afford to lose.
Fernando Torres, meanwhile, is out after pulling up with a muscle problem in training on Monday and the Spaniard is doubtful for Saturday’s home clash with West Brom and Spain’s upcoming friendlies against Angola and South Africa.
David Luiz, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard are also in danger of being dropped, with Mourinho set to recall Gary Cahill, Andre Schurrle and possibly Willian and Cesar Azpilicueta.
Lampard has started seven of the last eight matches but was replaced early against both Manchester City and Newcastle, while Cole is yet to return to his best after suffering a rib injury last month.