LONDON - Chelsea captain John Terry is making progress in his bid for a return to first-team action and could feature in this weekend's Premier League match against Stoke, manager Rafael Benitez says.
The 32-year-old former England centre-back has been out of action for the European champions since a 1-1 draw with Liverpool on November 11 following a collision with Luis Suarez.
Initial indications were Terry would be out for three weeks but he is still to play first-team football nearly two months on.
Terry is due to face Chelsea's west London rivals Fulham as an over-age player when the clubs' Under-21 teams meet on Thursday and Benitez says it is possible the defender could feature at Stoke on Saturday.
"John Terry has been training and we are considering playing him on Thursday with the Under-21 team," Benitez said.