John Terry is unsure when he will return to the Chelsea first team but says his knee feels "fine" after playing 45 minutes for the club's under-21 side on Thursday night.

Terry has missed 16 first-team games since suffering knee ligament damage against Liverpool on November 11 but he started the local derby against Fulham at the club's Cobham training ground. With interim manager Rafael Benitez watching on from the stands, Terry was rarely troubled in a calm and composed performance before being replaced at half-time.

"I have come through alright," he told Chelsea TV. "Initially I was going to play between 30 and 45 so I managed to get through the first half and the knee feels totally fine which is the main thing."

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