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Chelsea captain John Terry aims to play in Bolton game

John Terry
Terry is having to manage a long-term back problem

John Terry is confident he will recover from a minor injury and play for Chelsea in Monday's Premier League game against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti had raised fears about Terry's fitness for what is likely to be a difficult game.

"On Monday I took a knee to the ribs which resulted in me missing two days' training with the squad," said Terry.

"I've been able to do some pool work and will resume full training on Saturday and be available for Monday."

Chelsea's captain, whose season has been disrupted by leg muscle and hamstring injuries, played 90 minutes in the 2-0 win against Blackburn Rovers last Saturday.

They will be seeking to complete a league double over Bolton having beaten them 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in December.

With Terry likely to play the focus will now switch to Frank Lampard, whose calf injury is causing concern.

The England midfielder went for a scan after picking up a knock in training on Thursday, but Chelsea described it as a "minor problem".

"Frank is expected to be available for Monday's match," the club said in a statement.


The 32-year-old returned to the side in mid-December after being sidelined since August with hernia and groin problems.

He has looked increasingly sharp and scored twice in the 7-0 demolition of Ipswich Town in the FA Cup third round.

The absence of Terry and Lampard through injury has coincided with Chelsea's worst run of form in 15 years and they are currently fourth in the Premier League, seven points behind leaders Manchester United, who have a game in hand.

Earlier this month, Lampard conceded his team have been lacking in confidence.

"You lose the feeling of being able to win every week," he said. "Once you've had that and lose it, it's hard to get it back."

Meanwhile, Ancelotti has refused to confirm that the club have put in a revised offer for Benfica defender David Luiz after they had a £17m bid rejected at the end of last month. He also denied Chelsea have held discussions with Udinese about winger Alexis Sanchez.

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Bolton 4-0 Chelsea
24 Jan 11 |  Premier League
Chelsea 2-0 Blackburn Rovers
15 Jan 11 |  Premier League
Ancelotti dismisses Lampard claim
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