THE international break has given John Terry time to regain his fitness for Chelsea’s end-of-season run-in.

So says interim boss Rafa Benitez who has been working with his skipper and four other Blues squad members who have not been jetting off round the world this week.

Terry has found himself in and out of the Chelsea squad in recent weeks as he battles to overcome a knee injury suffered against Liverpool way back in November.

Benitez has been reluctant to start the centre-back for a string of games and has turned to a number of different combinations in the heart of the Blues defence.

But after working closely with the former England star for two weeks at Cobham, Benitez believes the rest has done wonders for Terry.
“Every time when a player is injured and he needs time to come back, these breaks are important,” said the Spaniard. “He was training with the team, we have the plan, and you can keep an eye on him. We just had five players [training at the club last week] and you can pay more attention to every one.”

Chelsea are facing a fixture pile-up as the season draws to a close and host Manchester United on Monday, just two days after travelling to Southampton in the Premier League.

Terry is not expected to start both games, however Benitez is keen to stress that playing twice in 48-hours will be a big ask for all of his squad.

“He [Terry] has been working hard so I think that was positive,” added Benitez. “I think that he can play but to play twice in 48 hours, not just for him but for anyone, is almost impossible. You have to take the risk with some of them and hopefully we can find the right balance between both games and the squad that we have.”

Terry has made 21 appearances for Chelsea this season and has weighed in with three goals for the Blues.

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