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Schevchenko reaches new low

When Reading's reserves ran out onto the pitch at Brentford last night, they were up against a Champions League winner who earns £110,000 each week: Andrei Shevchenko.

Shevchenko's career seems to have reached an all time low when he was picked to play for Chelsea's reserves last night. It seems that the £31 million striker will take no part in Chelsea's Champions League game against Olympiakos tomorrow night.

The arrival of Avram Grant was hailed as a possible turning point for the Ukrainian's Chelsea career. But Shevchenko's second season at Chelsea has been a disaster. He has scored seven goals in 18 games and hasn't started since the Boxing Day draw against Villa.

While Shevchenko was ploughing his lonely furrow at Brentford last night his former AC Milan teammates were getting ready for Arsenal at the San Siro tonight.

The January signing of Nicolas Anelka has meant that Shevchenko is now at best Chelsea's third choice striker. It is not surprising to hear that last month he was seen on the Milan bus after their Champions League match against Arsenal.

There has been talk of Shevchenko's return to Italian football, possibly with Milan. Although it is unlikely that he will be able to ask for the £110,000 that he picks up each week at Chelsea.


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