The 32-year-old has been out of action since November 11 following a collision with Liverpool forward Luis Suarez during the first half of a 1-1 draw that was played at Stamford Bridge.
Interim manager Rafael Benitez is hopeful that Terry will come through Thursday’s match v Fulham in good condition and put himself in contention for the first team as soon as possible, he said:
“If he feels OK, at least we can start considering him.
“It depends on his reaction [after the Under-21 game]. Obviously Thursday will be a different kind of game but we will see how he feels.
“The good thing he is now training so now he can carry on. We will see how he feels on Thursday and hopefully he can play more minutes in the short term so we will see.
“At least that is a positive thing because before he was just doing the warm-up. Now he is training and can play so I think we are obviously closer.”