I don't know where I stand any more, admits bit-part Chelsea skipper Terry
14:33 GMT, 18 April 2013
17:01 GMT, 18 April 2013
John Terry insists he is fully fit and able to play up to three games a week – but he admits he does not know where he stands in the Chelsea pecking order any more.
A regular fixture for the Blues for over a decade, the former England captain has been in and out of the side since injuring his knee against Liverpool in November with David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill all often being preferred in the centre of defence.
Interim manager Rafa Benitez left the
club captain on the bench for the entirety of the FA Cup semi-final
defeat by Manchester City on Sunday, but Terry says he has not and will
not complain if he is dropped.
Benched: John Terry (left) sat out the FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester City
Double salvo: Terry netted twice against Fulham on Wednesday night
The 32-year-old told the Evening Standard: 'With Gary coming back, I don’t know where that puts me in the pecking order. All I can do is train hard and, when I get a chance, play well.
'There are no complaints. If the manager is straight with me and tells me, that’s fine. I accept the rotation system. I can definitely play twice a week, three games a week if need be. I don’t know where that (doubt) arose from.
'I’m fit, I’m training every day and have been for the last three months, so I just want to set the record straight.
available but, at the same time, if the manager chooses not to pick me,
there is not a problem because I’m Chelsea through and through and I
want nothing more than to get Champions League football.
that means me playing, great, if not, I will be the biggest supporter
in the dressing room. It’s down to me to work hard and maybe prove him
Committed to the cause: Terry says he will not complain about sitting on the bench
Back of the net: Terry's headed brace at Craven Cottage took his goal tally for the season to six
Competition: David Luiz
Consistent: Gary Cahill
Solid: Branislav Ivanovic
JOHN TERRY UNDER RAFA BENITEZ
Matches played: 13
Games not featured: 26