Chelsea woe spurred on Terry return

Chelsea captain John Terry admits the problems at the club drove him to make a remarkable comeback from knee surgery, Press Association reports.

Terry was a shock member of the squad to face Birmingham City in the FA Cup fifth round replay on Wednesday and despite being an unused substitute, his inclusion was a surprise. The Chelsea captain underwent surgery less than two weeks ago and the procedure was expected to rule Terry out for six to eight weeks. The 31 year old has made a remarkable recovery and had to watch from the sidelines as the Blues won only one game in seven.

The England international has now targeted a return to action for this weekend’s game with Stoke City at Stamford Bridge, which is an astonishing turn-around. Terry could be placed back in the starting line-up by interim Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo, who manages his first Premier League game following Andre Villas-Boas being sacked as Blues manager.

“I said to the physios, the way things were here, I just wanted to push myself and be involved and try to get back as quickly as possible. I’ve done that, worked really hard in the gym, been on triple sessions going back late in the evening on my own as well – which has been tough. The target for myself was always to get back and hopefully be back for the Stoke game, so this is a massive boost for me”, Terry said.

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