John Terry is in line to make his first Chelsea appearance since October in the FA Cup third-round clash with Peterborough.
The club captain has not featured for the first team since the 2-1 defeat to West Ham in the EFL Cup on October 26, with a glute injury keeping him on the sidelines for the past month.
The 36-year-old is expected to return to the team for Sunday’s cup encounter at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte set to ring the changes following his side’s busy festive schedule.
Terry has only started five competitive matches since Conte’s arrival at the club during the summer but the Italian has been impressed by his skipper’s work on the training field over recent weeks.
“John is in a good shape and he’s ready to play,” the 47-year-old said. “He’s doing great work on the pitch and outside the pitch. It’s important to underline this.”
Conte stopped short of confirming whether or not Terry would start against the Posh as he did not want to give too much away, having already revealed Michy Batshuayi and Kurt Zouma would be in his starting XI.
“Now we [have named] two players: Michy and Zouma,” Conte added. “If we continue maybe you know exactly what our starting XI is!”
Chelsea will fancy their chances of progressing through to the fourth round of the competition at the expense of their League One opponents and they are priced at 1.18 to win the match.
Peterborough are available at 17.00 and the draw is on offer at 7.50.