John Terry, the Chelsea captain, could make his first appearance since being stripped of the England captaincy for a second time this weekend against Birmingham City in the FA Cup fifth round, after rejoining first-team training following a knee injury on Monday.

The 31-year-old is yet to feature for The Blues since the Football Association stripped Terry of the England armband a fortnight ago.

With Chelsea's insistence that Terry's case for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand be put back until after the climax of the regular club season, which also extends until after the summer's European Championships, the FA decided to take their own controversial piece of action.

"John Terry took part in today's training session for the first 30 minutes and then continued work in the gym. He'll be looking to increase his workload on a daily basis," a statement said.

Terry hasn't feature for Chelsea since the previous round of the cup against QPR, having missed the draws with Swansea City and Manchester United, as well as the recent defeat to Everton.

The ex-England skipper will face charges relating to the alleged racially abuse of Ferdinand on July 9.

His return to fitness comes at a good time for manager Andre Villas-Boas, who has come under increasing pressure after his side fell out of the top four this past weekend.

If the England international isn't available for the visit of Birmingham on Saturday, he's likely to be considered for the Champions League last-16 trip to Napoli, the club's only other chance to claiming silverware in the current campaign.

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