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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 February 2007, 14:47 GMT
Terry back for Carling Cup final
John Terry
Terry left the ground on crutches after injuring his right ankle
Chelsea captain John Terry has recovered from his ankle injury in time to play in the Carling Cup final against Arsenal on Sunday.

The 26-year-old was expected to miss the game after damaging ankle ligaments in the Champions League tie at Porto.

The England skipper was carried off after seven minutes and at first the injury was thought to be serious.

But a club statement said: "The speed of Terry's recovery has surprised the club's medical department."

Club doctor Bryan English said the England defender had "ruptured an ankle ligament" against Porto and left the stadium on crutches.

Terry had an MRI scan on Thursday and was able to walk on the leg the same day, although English said on Friday he felt Terry's injury would take "five more days" to fully recover from.

But English has now revealed that on Saturday Terry "felt a big improvement in his ankle and requested that the medical department performed a fitness test".

Terry passed the test and then took part in a full training session, paving the way for him to get the green light to play at the Millennium Stadium.

English added: "I have apologised to manager Jose Mourinho for providing him with misleading information that lead to his statements in relation to John Terry's injury yesterday."

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