John Terry fit enough to travel for Chelsea's FA Cup clash with Everton
LONDON -- John Terry will travel with the Chelsea squad to Everton for Saturday's FA Cup quarterfinal, but interim boss Guus Hiddink insists the Blues cannot neglect what remains of their Premier League campaign.
Terry, 35, has missed Chelsea's last six matches in all competitions since limping out of last month's 5-1 win over Newcastle, including both legs of the Blues' Champions League round of 16 exit to Paris Saint-Germain.
That defeat leaves the FA Cup as Chelsea's last hope of winning a trophy this season and speaking at a scheduled news conference on Friday, Hiddink confirmed that Terry will be considered for selection against Everton despite only having two days of intense training at Cobham.
"He worked rather well the past days and he will be included in the list for travel," Hiddink said of Terry. "He has not practised a lot in recent days but we intensified in the last two and today I will see if he has a big reaction on yesterday's training."
Despite enjoying a 12-game unbeaten run in the Premier League since Hiddink succeeded Jose Mourinho in December, Chelsea lie 10th in the table, 10 points adrift of fourth-placed with nine matches to go.
Yet Hiddink insists that the Blues cannot allow themselves to give up on their Premier League campaign even if Everton end their hopes of silverware on Saturday.
"It's a very important cup to go for, but I don't want to undervalue the qualification in the Premier League," he added. "We managed to come out from December from the relegation zone to 10th position. Although it might be very difficult to get to the qualifying positions [for the UCL], we must focus also on the Premier League.
"We can't neglect that. We face a beautiful contest against Everton and we go for that, but I don't underestimate or undervalue the position in the league.
"There are some teams like West Ham who are doing very well, very strong and also knocking on that door [for fourth place]. In this club we must always go for every game. We cannot say the season is over even if we have a big failure tomorrow. We have the focus still on going as far as possible in the league."