Chelsea could receive a major boost in their defensive line as they face Southampton this weekend following John Terry’s return to full training on Tuesday. Terry, who missed the Blues’ FA Cup tie with Manchester City on Sunday and the Champion League Round of 16 first leg against Paris Saint Germain, picked up a hamstring injury during his side’s 5-1 victory over Newcastle United on February 13.
Terry’s early return to fitness is a big advantage to Chelsea. Hiddink is currently working with Branislav Ivanovic in the centeral-defence. Ivanovic has performed admirably with Gary Cahill.
Terry’s return to fitness could mark a temporary solution for Chelsea until the end of the season because the defender is heavily linked with a move from the Stamford Bridge this coming summer.
Speculations are now rife as to where the defender might end up, China, Qatar and West Ham mooted as possible destinations. Chelsea are reportedly reluctant to offer the 35-year-old a new deal and he has already received offers from Chinese Super League clubs, the MLS AND Qatar-based Al-Arabi.
Recently, former-England coach, who is currently managing Shangai SIPG, said: “There is a lot of talk about John Terry in China. He has been one of the greatest defenders in the world for the last 15 years. He is still doing very well and has a lot to offer. He is one of the most recognizable players in world football.”
“Chinese teams are looking for these big players. Great teams need great leaders. They do not come much better than John Terry. With his skill, his experience, he would be great in China, I have no doubt about that.”
“China is the future. Football here will get bigger and bigger. I have already seen a huge difference. The more top players who come, the bigger and better it will get. This is a great place to live and play football. It is fantastic.”
The Chinese clubs have budgets big enough to try lure a big-name player such as Terry.