Di Matteo welcomes Terry return to Chelsea defence

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is pleased to be able to welcome back John Terry to the heart of the Premier League side’s defence, Reuters has reported, as the former England international is now free to play in the Premier League after suspension and will play in the Champions League on Wednesday against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Terry has missed four league games after he was banned and fined following a guilty verdict from the Football Association over the charge he racially abused Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.

In those matches, Reuters adds, Chelsea have conceded 10 goals, including seven in two games against Manchester United. In the four domestic fixtures before Terry’s suspension began, Chelsea conceded only twice.

Chelsea have also endured stuttering form since their last Champions League meeting with Shakhtar, Reuters claims, failing to win their last two league games and sneaking through to the next round of the Capital One Cup against United by the odd goal in nine.

Di Matteo said: “John is an important player for us for sure and a fantastic defender and when he plays he always does very well. The other players have done fantastic jobs when they have come in but certainly JT is a player that we miss.

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