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Chelsea cautious on Terry return

ESPNsoccernet staff
March 7, 2012

Chelsea caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo says he will ease returning skipper John Terry back into action.

Terry underwent knee surgery two weeks ago after suffering an injury in the Blues' 4-0 FA Cup win over Portsmouth in January.

The defender was a surprise inclusion on the Chelsea bench in their quarter-final victory over Birmingham City after it was initially thought Terry would be out for up to six weeks.

"John has done very well and is determined to help the club, and we're pleased to see him," Di Matteo said.

"He's available. We have to take him with small steps because he's done well to come back in just over two weeks. But it was good to see him.''

In Terry's absence, Chelsea have slipped behind Arsenal into fifth place on the Premier League table, while manager Andre Villas-Boas was fired for the team's poor performances.

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