Terry and Benitez at odds over Chelsea captain’s fitness

John Terry has reportedly insisted he is able to play twice a week, despite interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez claiming that the centre-back was unable to play so often, according to the Daily Mail.

Terry was left on the bench for Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, having played against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday. Benitez said on Sunday that Terry, who has suffered extensive injuries this season, cannot manage two games in such close proximity, but Terry is thought to disagree.

The Mail claims Terry and Benitez argued after Chelsea lost to City in the Premier League in February and have had a frosty relationship since then, with Terry accepting of the fact that he is not first choice under the Spaniard.

Terry is understood to be in full training and willing and eager to play his part in the end-of-season run-in, as Chelsea battle to reach the Champions League next season by finishing in the Premier League’s top four, as well as prepare for a Europa League semi-final against Basel, who knocked out Tottenham Hotspur in the last round.

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