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Skipper Terry eyes quick recovery

John Terry watches from the sidelines in Doha
Terry watched on from the sidelines as England were beaten by Brazil in Doha

John Terry hopes to be fit to play for Chelsea against Wolves on Saturday after missing England's friendly defeat to Brazil in Doha through injury.

The England captain suffered swelling to his ankle after blocking a shot from Jermaine Jenas in training and was not risked by coach Fabio Capello.

The injury was not thought to be serious but it was feared the defender may be out for a couple of weeks.

But Terry said: "Will I be OK for next weekend? Fingers crossed."

The centre-back's absence on Saturday led Capello to install Wayne Rooney as England captain for the first time in his career.

It also gave the England coach a chance to see Matthew Upson and Joleon Lescott paired at the heart of defence - although neither were able to prevent Nilmar heading the only goal as Brazil won 1-0 in Qatar.


Terry was close to making the starting line-up but is confident he will be fit to lead out Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 21 November.

"It was touch and go. I gave it a go and it just wasn't right," he added.

"I left my leg out and blocked a shot the other day. It clipped my Achilles which is still bit tender.

"We will have to wait and see when I get back in the pool and start doing some work."

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