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Chelsea boss Hiddink looking to aid injured John Terry's recovery

Guus Hiddink is considering organising a practice match to help John Terry recover his fitness in time for Chelsea's Champions League tie with Paris St Germain.

The Chelsea captain has missed the past three fixtures with a hamstring injury and while there is a hope he will soon return, Hiddink retains a concern over his match fitness.

In their next four matches, Chelsea face Norwich and Stoke in the Premier League, take on PSG in the second leg of their European tie needing to overturn a 2-1 deficit from Paris, before meeting Everton in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Terry has long been an important figure for Chelsea but amid a serious knee injury ruling fellow central-back Kurt Zouma out for the rest of the season and left-back Baba Rahman's error-strewn display in Saturday's 2-1 league win at Southampton, his return is considered particularly vital.

Terry could yet return before the PSG fixture, scheduled for March 9, but aware of his potential importance for that particular match, Hiddink said: "We'll see how we react and if he needs a game we might organise a game, an intense game."

Saturday's defeat left Southampton seventh in the table but manager Ronald Koeman has urged his team to concentrate on surpassing last season's league position, when they also finished seventh.

"It is all about the spirit of the team and if we can keep that spirit with the quality of the players then we can finish in a high position," he said.

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