John Terry set for long-awaited re­turn from in­jury

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

John Terry was set to make his long-awaited re­turn from in­jury against West Ham on Tues­day night.

But Chelsea man­ager An­to­nio Conte is con­tin­u­ing his search for a Terry’s long-term re­place­ment at cen­tre back af­ter in­struct­ing his scouts to make close checks on fit-again Roma de­fender An­to­nio Rudi­ger.

Blues skip­per Terry has missed over a month with an an­kle in­jury sus­tained in the 2-2 draw at Swansea.

But the 35-year-old was set to fea­ture in the EFL clash against fierce Lon­don ri­vals West Ham at the Lon­don Sta­dium. Terry’s re­turn comes as a key boost to Conte as he looks to build on an im­pres­sive run of three con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries – in­clud­ing the 4-0 de­mo­li­tion of Manchester United on Sun­day.

Those wins have also in­cluded three con­sec­u­tive clean sheets and Conte may be re­luc­tant to make sig­nif­i­cant changes to his back five.

Nev­er­the­less, fit-again Terry will come into con­tention for a re­call af­ter re­cov­er­ing from in­jury.

Mean­while, the Blues are show­ing a con­crete in­ter­est in Ger­many in­ter­na­tional Rudi­ger. The 23-year-old is fit again af­ter re­cov­er­ing from the se­ri­ous knee in­jury that ruled him out of Euro 2016 – scor­ing and as­sist­ing in Roma re­serves’ win over No­vara on Satur­day.

Conte is a huge ad­mirer of Rudi­ger from his time in Italy and is ex­plor­ing a po­ten­tial move for the for­mer Stuttgart man – who is widely recog­nised as one of the best emerg­ing de­fend­ers in Europe.

Chelsea, though, are not alone in their in­ter­est with both Manchester clubs be­lieved to have reg­is­tered an in­ter­est in the cen­tral de­fender, United un­der­stood to be par­tic­u­larly keen.

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