Chelsea News: John Terry Set to Return from Injury This Week

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Chelsea are set to receive a huge boost this week with the news that injured defender and captain John Terry is set to return to the starting team.

Terry will not feature for the West London club in its Capital One Cup semifinal against Swansea City on Wednesday, but is reportedly set to make an appearance in the club's under-21 team on Thursday against Fulham, according to manager Rafa Benitez.

And if that performance goes well, Terry could very well be included for the Blues' difficult away trip to the Britannia Stadium this weekend to play Stoke City.

Benitez commented via BBC Sport this week, saying:

The good thing he [Terry] is now training so now he can carry on.

We will see how he feels on Thursday and hopefully he can play more minutes in the short term so we will see. At least that is a positive thing because before he was just doing the warm-up.

Now he is training and can play so I think we are obviously closer. If he feels okay [after Thursday] we can start considering him...

The 32-year-old has not taken the field since injuring his knee against Liverpool back in early November, and whilst early reports suggested that the defender would only miss a couple of weeks, his return will mark the good part of two months spent on the sidelines.

In that time, Chelsea have struggled mightily and are in desperate need of some stability, cohesion and defensive assistance at the moment.

In addition to their Capital One Cup semifinal (which will be played over two legs), and their away trip to Stoke City, the Blues will also face rivals Arsenal in a key match this month. 

The result of that one will likely have a huge outcome in how the top four looks at the end of the season, and thus Terry's inclusion will be a huge boost for the reigning European champions not just this weekend but right through the remained of the Premier League season.

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