Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez says captain John Terry
could be in the squad for Saturday’s trip to Stoke.
The 32-year-old has not featured for the Blues since the 1-1
draw with Liverpool on 11 November, when he suffered a knee
injury in a collision with Reds striker Luis Suarez.
The centre-back is due to line-up for Chelsea’s Under-21 side
when they meet Fulham on Thursday.
“If he feels OK, at least we can start considering him,” said
“It depends on his reaction [after the Under-21 game].
Obviously Thursday will be a different kind of game but we
will see how he feels.”
Terry had initially been expected to miss three weeks of
action, but is only closing in on a return after two months on
In that time, Chelsea have won only four Premier League
matches, however, they still lie fourth in the Premier League,
one point behind third-placed Tottenham with a game in hand.
Benitez added: “The good thing he is now training so now he
can carry on. We will see how he feels on Thursday and
hopefully he can play more minutes in the short term so we will
“At least that is a positive thing because before he was just
doing the warm-up. Now he is training and can play so I think
we are obviously closer.”
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