Chelsea legend fires harsh message to Fabregas and Terry
John Terry got a rare start against Wolves (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin believes Antonio Conte should return to fielding his strongest team for the rest of the FA Cup in what could be bad news for squad players like Cesc Fabregas and John Terry.

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The Blues fielded a much-changed line up to beat Wolves at the weekend, with Fabregas and Terry joining some young players in getting a rare start for Conte’s side.

The pair are among the biggest names to be sidelined by the Italian since he took over at Chelsea, aside from the likes of Oscar, John Obi Mikel and Branislav Ivanovic, who all left Stamford Bridge in the winter.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea at The King Power Stadium on January 14, 2017 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Cesc Fabregas has had to make do with being a squad player (Picture: Getty)

Still, despite Fabregas and Terry performing well to help Chelsea progress in the FA Cup, Nevin believes Conte can have no room for sentiment as he prepares a team to take on Manchester United in the quarter-finals.

‘The question will obviously come up in the next round when Jose (Mourinho) and his team turn up at Stamford Bridge, do you stick with the same policy or do you bring back what is currently considered to be the ‘A’ team?’ Nevin wrote in his column for Chelsea’s official website.

Chelsea fixtures

Swansea (H) – Sat 25 Feb
West Ham (A) – Mon 6 Mar
Watford (H) – Mon 13 Mar
Stoke (A) – Sat 18 Mar
Crystal Palace (H) – Sat 1 Apr
Manchester City (H) – Wed 5 Apr
Bournemouth (A) – Sat 8 Apr
Manchester United (A) – Sat 15 Apr

‘Unfair though it may seem, I genuinely have no complaints about one set of players getting you part of the way and some others finishing off the job in a cup run.

‘Individuals may understandably feel a little put out, but a club is there to win and if a trophy is realistically up for grabs then sentiment falls by the wayside.

‘It is harsh, but the elite sportsmen and sports coaches generally all know the score on these occasions.’

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