Chelsea have been handed a major boost ahead of their clashes against Southampton and Paris Saint-Germain with John Terry set to return to training ahead of an imminent first-team return. The defender has been sidelined with a hamstring injury he picked up during the Blues' 5-1 demolition of Newcastle United.
According to the London Evening Standard, the Blues skipper is set to return to full training on Tuesday and could be in line for Chelsea's clash against Southampton on Saturday (27 February). Guus Hiddink, however, has indicated that he could take a cautious approach in re-introducing him into the starting XI owing to the crucial fixtures coming up in the Champions League, FA Cup and the Premier League.
Terry is expected to be available to face PSG in the last 16 of the elite European competition, as they try and recover from their first-leg 2-1 loss at the Parc des Princes. The reigning domestic champions are facing a shortage of centre-backs owing to Kurt Zouma's knee injury, which has ruled him out for the rest of the campaign. The Dutch manager has had to resort to reshuffling his back four in recent matches, with Branislav Ivanovic joining Gary Cahill at the heart of the back four, while Cesar Azpilicueta has been shifted to his former role at right-back and Baba Rahman, who has hardly featured this season occupying the left-back spot in place of the Spaniard.
Hiddink does have the option of fielding January signing Matt Miazga, but the United States international, who joined from New York Red Bulls, was reportedly signed with next season in mind. The manager, though, is confident that the young MLS product is fit enough to represent the Blues if needed during the course of the current season.
"[Miazga] is close, he is fit, he had a good pre-season and he is fit. Today we are doing some tests and we get the results this afternoon. Normally he will be fit and he is OK. What the weekend will bring it is too early [to know] at this moment," Hiddink said, as quoted by the mlssoccer site.