John Terry could have a say in the Premier League title race after all and may return for Chelsea against Tottenham on May 2.
Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink revealed that Terry, who has an Achilles injury and has said he will leave the club after this season, would travel to Bournemouth for today's match with a view to returning against title-chasing Spurs.
Hiddink said: "John is very committed. He was very annoyed about his injury, but is now recovering. He desperately wants to be with the team.
"I hope he will step up next week and we will see how it will go in the last couple of games."
The 35-year-old is out of contract this summer and revealed he would be leaving the Blues, who maintain the offer of a one-year deal could be forthcoming.
Incoming head coach Antonio Conte will have a major say in the future of Terry, but Hiddink says the lack of current game time will not be a factor.
"They know what they have to offer each other," Hiddink said.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois begins his two-match suspension, while Eden Hazard is in contention to return after a hip and groin problem.
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