Chelsea Gamble on Return of John Terry to Shore Up Home Defences

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Chelsea Gamble on Return of John Terry to Shore Up Home Defences
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John Terry is set to make his first start for Rafael Benítez's Chelsea against Arsenal on Sunday as the interim first-team manager seeks to address what has been perceived as a lack of leadership and character in the team, frailties that have contributed to a recent slump in home form. Benítez has won one of his six domestic games at Stamford Bridge, all of which have been played with supporters making clear their displeasure at his presence. The Spaniard had suggested in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday's wasteful draw with Southampton that Terry was not yet ready to return to the fray. The veteran centre-half had injured knee ligaments during the draw with Liverpool on 11 November when Roberto Di Matteo was in charge and, while the damage was relatively minor, it has taken time for the joint to repair fully.

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