Terry may return for Chelsea under-21s this week

LONDON Tue Jan 8, 2013 9:33pm IST

Chelsea's injured captain John Terry walks across the pitch following their English Premier League soccer match against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London, November 11, 2012. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/Files

Chelsea's injured captain John Terry walks across the pitch following their English Premier League soccer match against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London, November 11, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Russell Cheyne/Files

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea captain John Terry, who has been out since November with a knee problem, could take his first step towards a first team comeback by featuring for the club's under-21 team as an over-age player this week.

"The good news is that Terry has been training and we are considering playing him for the Under-21s on Thursday, we will have to see how he feels," interim manager Rafael Benitez told a news conference on Tuesday.

"It will be a different kind of game, but if he is okay and can train the day after, at least we can start considering him as an option. Hopefully he can play some minutes in the short-term," added the Spaniard.

"It's a positive as before he was just doing the warm up, he's getting closer but it depends on his reactions."

Benitez also said goalkeeper Petr Cech would be sidelined for Wednesday's Capital One (League) Cup semi-final first leg at home to Premier League rivals Swansea City.

Cech has missed the last two matches with a leg injury.

Terry, 32, injured his knee against Liverpool in his first match back after serving a four-game ban for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand and was initially expected to be out for three weeks.

The controversial skipper has yet to feature for the European champions under Benitez, who took over 10 hours after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo in November.

Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League, 14 points behind leaders Manchester United but with a game in hand. Their next league game is at Stoke City on Saturday (1500 GMT). (Writing by Alan Baldwin, Editing by Tom Pilcher)

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