Roberto Di Matteo Unsure About John Terry Return Against Shakhtar

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: John Terry of Chelsea walks towards manager Roberto Di Matteo on the way to the tunnel during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Adrian AgiusAnalyst INovember 5, 2012

After serving out his four-match ban for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers' centre-back Anton Ferdinand, Chelsea captain John Terry looked set to return for the Blues' crucial Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk. However, manager Roberto Di Matteo may have other plans.

Chelsea face Shakhtar in the first of their reverse fixtures midweek, but Di Matteo is in no rush to hurry the England international back into the squad. In an article posted on the Daily Mail, Di Matteo revealed to reporters that:

"He (Terry) is an important player for us and we will welcome him back. We will have to see how the next three days go and then we will make a decision."

Despite the comments, Di Matteo may have no choice but to start Terry against the Ukrainian side as Chelsea wait for news on the fitness of David Luiz. The Brazilian and Juan Mata are recovering from thigh and hamstring problems, respectively.

When questioned about their eligibility, the Chelsea manager said, "It is going to be a question of waiting for the next couple of days for them to recover and we hope they will be available to play."

Chelsea suffered a 2-1 defeat away to the Ukrainian champions in their previous encounter and currently sit in second position behind Shakhtar in Group E. Nothing but a win will suffice for Chelsea, with Italian champions Juventus sitting in third position behind them.

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