Jose Mourinho is preparing to bow to pressure from Chelsea fans and players by recalling John Terry to the starting XI for this weekend's game against Southampton.
The travelling Blues fans sang 'We want our captain back' during their 2-1 Champions League defeat to Porto earlier this week, and their lacklustre performances against Newcastle United and Mourinho's former team have given Terry hope of winning back his place.
Mourinho's selection for Tuesday's game against Porto was called into question after several senior first-team stars were left out alongside the 34-year-old. Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic started on the bench while Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao were left in London.
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A report in the Guardian claimed that senior players were growing tired of their manager's tendency to blame specific players for bad results and also called into question his decision to replace Terry with Kurt Zouma.
Terry, who signed a one-year deal worth £150,000-a-week earlier this year, has started just one of Chelsea's last five games, a low-key League Cup tie against Walsall and has been an unused substitute in the other four.
Ready to start
Asked Terry is ready to start, Mourinho told the Telegraph: “He is ready every game to play. Even the ones I leave him on the bench. He is ready to play.”
His poor form had started to draw attention after a 3-1 defeat to Everton last month, but so was Branislav Ivanovic's and the Serbian has managed to retain his place in the side.
With Chelsea's Premier League title challenge hanging by a thread, the experience of Terry can only be helpful as they welcome Southampton to Stamford Bridge.
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