ROSS TURNBULL is in line for the most testing night of his career – and team-mate Michael Ballack is certain the keeper will cope.
Petr Cech is not expected to recover from his knee injury in time for Tuesday's Champions League showdown with Jose Mourinho's Inter at the Bridge.
And with Henrique Hilario's groin strain also ruling out Cech's first understudy, Turnbull is set to continue in goal three days after making his Blues Premier League debut against West Ham.
It will be a daunting night for the 25-year-old with so much at stake as Chelsea bid to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit.
But the experienced Ballack says he has every confidence in the former Middlesbrough player will rise to the challenge.
“It's normal if that you are a little bit nervous if you are maybe third keeper and you come in so quick because of two injuries,” Ballack said after the 4-1 victory over the Hammers.
“But I think you couldn't feel it really today. He was quite calm. He did well and everybody has confidence in him because we see him in training every day and he's really working hard. He's a good keeper and everybody has trust in him, no problem.
“This is football. Sometimes you get big, big chances and I think the main thing is that we stay together and everybody trusts each other in this squad.”
Carlo Ancelotti also expressed faith in Turnbull, who did not have much to do against West Ham on Saturday and was blameless for the Scott Parker shot that beat him.
“He was not involved a lot of times in the game, but I think he did a good save in the last minute of the match,” said the Chelsea boss.
“He played with confidence. He played a good game and this is important. I am happy for him. He deserved to play this game because he trained very well in the last month every day to improve his quality and we have confidence in him.”