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METRO – The special three: How Jose Mourinho, Eden Hazard and John Terry can lead Chelsea to the title

Chelsea’s 4-0 victory against Tottenham left the Blues seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table. However, with Manchester City having three games in hand, and Liverpool and Arsenal both also breathing down on Chelsea’s neck with a game to spare, it’s important the Blues keep picking up points. Chelsea have really […]

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METRO – Chelsea captain John Terry could make return from injury this weekend

John Terry could feature in Chelsea’s trip to the Britannia Stadium this weekend (Picture: EPA) John Terry is set to make his long-overdue comeback for Chelsea this week, as he prepares to play for the Under-21’s on Thursday. The Chelsea captain has been out through injury since November 11 following a collision with Luis Suarez in the first half of the Blues’ 1-1 draw with Liverpool. John Terry has been absent through injury for two months (Picture: Reuters) Initial scans suggested the 32-year-old would miss just three weeks, but ongoing brusing and swelling has resulted in a lengthier spell on the sidelines. But Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez is now hopeful Terry could return to action for the weekend’s trip to Stoke, should he come through the match against Fulham on Thursday without a negative reaction. ‘If he feels OK, at least we can start considering him,’ said Benitez. ‘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. ‘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 see. ‘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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METRO – John Terry ruled out of Chelsea’s Club World Cup bid

John Terry has been ruled out of Chelsea’s Club World Cup matches in Japan (Picture: AP) Chelsea captain John Terry has been ruled out of the Club World Cup with an on-going knee injury. The Blues’ skipper sustained knee ligament damage in a challenge with Luis Saurez during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool last month and early reports suggested he would miss just three weeks of action. But Terry, who celebrates his 32nd birthday today, has now been absent for his side’s last six matches in all competitions and will not travel to Japan next week with the rest of the squad. ‘John Terry will not fly because the doctor was talking to me and there’s inflammation, so flying will not be the best solution. He will not go to Japan,’ confirmed boss Rafael Benitez. ‘The first conversation we had abut Japan he was quite excited because it was a different competition and a great opportunity. ‘But then there was the problem with the knee and the doctor suggested it would be better for him to stay here.’ And the Spaniard admitted a date has yet to be set for Terry’s return. ‘He wanted to go, he wanted to help. But it’d be better for him to stay. We don’t know how long it will be before he is fit again. We’ll have to see how he reacts,’ Benitez added. Frank Lampard is set to return to action at Sunderland this weekend (Picture: Getty) ‘John is training very hard with the physios. But the knee is a special case because it’s not a muscle. ‘We have to wait and see what’s happening. He knows we have to be patient. He’s convinced. He received treatment yesterday. I have experience with my own knee, so he knows the process.’ But in better news for a Chelsea side who have had little to celebrate in recent weeks, midfielder Frank Lampard is set to make his comeback during this weekend’s trip to lowly Sunderland following the injury he picked up during the Blues’ Champions League defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk in October. ‘Frank has been training. He’s in the squad for Sunderland and will fly to Japan, too,’ said Benitez. ‘So at least one important player is back for us. We need character, we need numbers. Frank is an experienced player and at least we have one more body. ‘At the moment we have a good team and a good squad, but we needed players with more experience. He could make a difference coming into a squad where something’s been wrong.’

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