Jose Mourinho: John Terry to return against Everton


Aug 10, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Chelsea defender John Terry (26) takes a shot against AS Roma while Chelsea forward Demba Ba (19) during the second half at RFK Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game at home against Everton, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that John Terry will return to the starting line-up against Roberto Martinez’s team.

Having missed the last three matches since suffering a muscle problem in the 1-0 win at Manchester City, Terry is set to return having trained with the squad this week. Fellow defender David Luiz will miss out, having also developed a muscle injury.


"‘John is fit and he will play,’ said Mourinho. ‘I’m not thinking about Galatasaray, the team will be the team I think is strong for the game.‘David Luiz is injured, he’s feeling some pain in his muscle, he’s not ready for this game but hopefully he will be ready for the next one. The next game is in the Champions League where we will have two players less than normal because Matic and Salah cannot play. We need him, if possible, to be ready for Galatasaray.’‘It’s important, especially because now we don’t have David. If we don’t have David and John the situation is even more difficult, so the fact John didn’t play but David did, and now David can’t but John is ready, gives us that balance,’ explained the Blues boss.‘He’s a stable player, not a player that makes lots of mistakes. He has a basic level of performance that gives stability to the team. Every team, especially one with a lot of young players, needs stability from the back and that stability from the back is something which is keeping us in a good position in the league.‘For me, the captain’s armband doesn’t mean so much. What really matters is the voice on the pitch. Many times I can’t control that, especially when they are defending the goal far away from my position. Sometimes there are things to control, like the distances, position of the defensive line and the line where we start pressing the opponent. To have a player on the pitch with this kind of voice, to transmit what I need, is important.’"