Chelsea captain Terry set for Champions League inclusion

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Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed he has no plans to give Chelsea captain John Terry a complete break during his four-game domestic ban, and plans to include him in the side that will face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

The 31-year-old missed the 4-2 victory against London rivals Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday, as he began his suspension imposed by the Football Association for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand last October.

However, Terry has retained the armband at Stamford Bridge, and will continue to be selected in European competition, as confirmed by the Italian tactician.

"It has been a delicate issue and we are going to continue working with the authorities to eradicate discrimination," said Di Matteo.

"The board has made the final decision and we can focus just on our football while keeping in mind that we have responsibilities to keep working towards a more respectful world."

One player who was given a break after his omission from the Spain national team was Juan Mata, who enjoyed two weeks off during the international break - a rest that looks to have paid dividends, as he netted twice at White Hart Lane at the weekend, taking his tally to six goals in five games for Chelsea.

"It was of vital importance that we gave him a break, mentally and physically," added the Blues boss. "It was a good decision from the way he is playing.

"This last international break, when he wasn't selected, has given him another little breather."

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