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Terry may make return at Club World Cup: Benitez

Published on Dec 1, 2012 6:29 AM
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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez revealed on Friday that captain John Terry may not make his return from a knee injury until the Club World Cup in Japan in mid-December.

Terry has been out for nearly three weeks after straining ligaments in his right knee in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool, but he is close to making a comeback after returning to training.

However, Benitez does not think he is ready to play in either Saturday's league game at West Ham United or the crucial Champions League clash at home to Danish club FC Nordsjaelland on Wednesday.

Chelsea then travel to Sunderland in the Premier League, but when asked if Terry could go to Japan without having played, Benitez said: "Yeah, it could be.

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