Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Terry still on target to face Arsenal

John Terry has been unable to do much training with his Chelsea team-mates this week

John Terry is ready to pull out all the stops to ensure he is fit enough to start Chelsea's crunch Barclays Premier League clash at Arsenal on Saturday if cleared to do so.

Terry has been unable to train normally this week while fighting a Football Association charge of using racist language towards Anton Ferdinand. Provided Terry does not begin a suspension during Saturday's trip to the Emirates Stadium - something that is possible if he is found guilty - he could go into the game with little training alongside his team-mates.

Chelsea assistant manager Eddie Newton said: "We'll work out scenarios and we'll be in constant contact with John, the fitness coaches and medical staff will get around him and make sure he's prepared in the best way possible, as we always do."

Newton admitted the final decision to play Terry in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup third round tie against Wolves had only been taken in the afternoon but that it always had been Blues manager Roberto Di Matteo's intention to do so.

He said: "We wanted John to start. Obviously, with everything happening with the FA, we had to see how it panned out.

"We had a phone call he was making his way back from the FA nice and early so it wasn't last-minute-dot-com.

"We'd covered all the bases, all the scenarios, and the best one happened."

Asked if Terry played to prove a point, Newton said: "Knowing John, he's a positive person who loves the club.

"He's very enthusiastic about playing, just as he was as a young man. He just wants to play."

Terry's selection took many by surprise but not Wolves boss Stale Solbakken, who said: "Not really. He's a fighter, isn't he?"

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