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Terry may return for 2nd leg vs. Atletico

Chelsea captain John Terry is in line to recover from injury in time for Wednesday's Champions League semifinal second leg with Atletico Madrid, according to reports.

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Terry, 33, was substituted with an ankle injury 20 minutes from time in the first leg of the tie at the Estadio Vicente Calderon last week, which ended 0-0.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said after that match that the Blues "would have to play the final" on May 24 for Terry to play for them again this season.

John Terry is forced off injured in the draw at Atletico.
John Terry is forced off injured in the draw at Atletico.

But according to the Daily Telegraph, among several British newspapers on Friday, the former England centre-back is winning his race to be fit in time for the key clash at Stamford Bridge.

Terry's return would represent a major boost for Chelsea, who saw goalkeeper Petr Cech ruled out for the rest of the season in the Spanish capital and have midfield duo Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel suspended for the second leg.

Having failed to claim an away goal in the first leg, Chelsea will hope their defence is as strong as possible to avoid an Atletico attack led by Diego Costa claiming one or more in West London.

Mourinho admitted after the first leg that he would prioritise Champions League glory over triumphing in the Premier League title race, saying that he will likely rest some key players for Sunday's crucial trip to Anfield.


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