Benitez reveals Terry setback

Interim Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has revealed that John Terry continues to struggle in his battle with niggling knocks.

Last Updated: 17/02/13 at 11:15 Post Comment

John Terry: Restricted to bench duty during Chelsea's clash with Sparta Prag

John Terry: Restricted to bench duty during Chelsea's clash with Sparta Prag

The Blues skipper was expected to return to the fold for Thursday's Europa League clash with Sparta Prague, having travelled with the rest of the squad.

He was, however, unable to play any part in the continental clash after suffering yet another setback in his quest to return to full fitness.

Terry has been nursing a knee problem since November, with the centre-half restricted to just 13 appearances in all competitions this season.

Benitez claims his captain is stuck in a 'vicious circle', but is pleased to see that Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic have stepped up to the plate.

On Terry, the Spaniard said: "He had a little bit of a setback during the week.

"He is still not playing, but Cahill and Ivanovic are doing really well. We won the game the other day (against Wigan), we won today and they are doing really well, so we are pleased with them.

"I think it's more positive that we have options than negative."

It remains to be seen whether Terry will play any part in Sunday's FA Cup fourth round replay with Brentford at Stamford Bridge, but John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses will come back into Benitez's thoughts after returning from a successful Africa Cup of Nations campaign with Nigeria.

Benitez added: "And also David Luiz, who was suspended for this game, so we have three options that we didn't have before. I think that is much better now to manage this club."

To find out more about live football on Sky Sports, Click here

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

International news: Costa Rica head coach Jorge Luis Pinto quits position

Costa Rica’s popular head coach Jorge Luis Pinto has quit despite their run to the World Cup quarter-finals.

Premier League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rues 'impossible' pre-season schedule

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has criticised his side’s hectic pre-season schedule as bordering on the impossible.

Transfer News: Hibernian capture young midfielder Scott Allan from West Brom

Hibernian have signed former Scotland Under-21 international Scott Allan from West Brom.

Mail Box

Pre-Season Obviously Isn't Meaningless

The debate over the importance of pre-season continues, including a league table from last season for stats fans. Plus travelling to watch your team and Blackpool...

Definitely Not Getting Giddy Over A Friendly Win

We have some conclusions from Louis van Gaal's perfect start, plus a dismissal of fantasy football, worries about La Liga's greediness and thoughts on Real with Ham-ez...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property