John Terry has been a stalwart in the Chelsea back line for the past 15 years. However, his recent performances have led to suggestions his time at the Blues could be coming to an end.
Having returned from suspension for the 3-1 defeat at Everton, Terry was dropped to the bench for back-to-back victories over Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Arsenal.
Kurt Zouma has been heavily involved for the Blues this season, and it appears the 20-year-old is in the process of replacing the Chelsea captain.
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However, Stamford Bridge legend Frank Lampard believes Terry, who is set for a return to action at Walsall tonight, still has a vital role to play for Jose Mourinho's team.
As per ESPN, the New York City FC midfielder said: "I think John can carry on for years. I've been through it, everyone goes through it as you get into your 30s.
"The minute you turn 30, everyone starts to speculate how much you've got left. So the minute you don't play well, people start to talk about it.
"But I know John's attitude and I know his quality. I think he's 34 years of age and the way he plays, how quick his mind is at his position, I see him being an important part of Chelsea for a few years to come."
HE IS NOT FINISHED
Terry's fortunes have changed dramatically since the end of last season, having produced some of his best form in recent years over the last campaign to help Chelsea lift the Premier League title.
Although his performances have been well below par this season, to suggest his time at the Bridge is over seems ludicrous.
Terry has never been blessed with pace and that flaw has been exposed in the opening weeks of this campaign.
However, he has been left woefully exposed by his midfield and has taken the majority of criticism despite poor performances from many of his team-mates.
The time may have come for Chelsea to seek alternative options to the former England international, but there is no doubt he still has the ability to produce top-class performances when called upon.