Belfast Telegraph

Friday 27 November 2015

Blues wait on Terry

Published 15/10/2010

John Terry
John Terry

John Terry returned to training on Thursday but is still a doubt for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at Aston Villa due to a back problem.

Terry sustained the injury on international duty with England and was forced to withdraw from the squad which drew 0-0 with Montenegro in Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley.

A final decision on the former England captain's participation at Villa Park will be taken after training on Friday.

Dutch centre-half Jeffrey Bruma, who withdrew from midweek action with the Holland Under-21 side due to a tight hamstring, also took part in training on Thursday and could be in contention.

If Terry is ruled out it would leave Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti with a defensive headache against Villa.

The circumstances could prompt first-team recalls for Jose Bosingwa and Paulo Ferreira.

Right-back Bosingwa has not played since the defeat at Villa last October after sustaining a knee injury that later required surgery.

Ancelotti could move Michael Essien or Ferreira alongside Branislav Ivanovic in the heart of the defence, with Bosingwa at right-back.

Ferriera is ready for the challenge as Chelsea, who should welcome back England midfielder Frank Lampard after a groin strain, look to maintain their four-point lead at the top of the Premier League standings.

"Last season I didn't play much but the games I had I tried to give everything and I finished the season well," the 31-year-old said. "This season I am enjoying it a lot, working hard and always ready to play if the manager wants. I've had chances to play and given 100% and tried to help the team."

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here

From the web

Sponsored Videos

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph