Roberto Di Matteo insists John Terry is still Chelsea's "captain and leader" but has warned that does not make the defender immune from his squad rotation policy.
Di Matteo sprang a huge surprise on Wednesday night by leaving Terry on the bench for the Blues' Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, citing a lack of match fitness after the 31-year-old was limited to only one competitive outing in a month due to his domestic four-match racism ban.
It was arguably the first truly big game their skipper had missed when fit and available for almost a decade, but Di Mattteo said: "He's certainly a fantastic player for us and he will continue to be so and continue to be our captain and our leader when he plays."
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