Europa League - Benitez offers no selection guarantees

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has offered no guarantees that captain John Terry and midfielder Frank Lampard will play in next week's Europa League final.

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Europa League - Benitez offers no selection guarantees

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Frank Lampard (Reuters)

Defender Terry missed the 2012 Champions League final victory through suspension and Lampard, who is closing in on Bobby Tambling's 202-goal club goalscoring record, is in the final weeks of his current contract, with uncertainty over whether his stay at Stamford Bridge will be extended.

Benitez suggested there was no room for sentiment in his team selection, confirming only that Lampard would start at Aston Villa on Saturday and that the full team for the Barclays Premier League match and next Wednesday's Europa League final with Benfica in Amsterdam is still to be determined.

"What I can say is that Lampard will play against Aston Villa and I cannot say anything about the final," Benitez said.

"The only player that I can guarantee who will play against Aston Villa is Lampard. The final, I don't know.

"I haven't decided [the team] yet."

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