Date: 19th April 2013 at 8:00pm
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Like John Terry did before him, Rafael Benitez has denied any sort of rift with the Chelsea captain over the amount of playing time he’s been granted.

Following the 3-0 win over Fulham Terry admitted that he wasn’t sure where he stood in terms of the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, especially with Gary Cahill returning from injury, but did say that he does accept rotation completely and will remain professional about it as the needs of the team come first.

Interim manager Benitez has echoed the defender’s sentiments today. He said:

“I have seen the comments [by Terry]. We agree 100%.

“Everybody wants to win and wants to see the team reach the Champions League next season.

“And he said he can understand if I pick another player and that he will be the first one to support the team, so we agree that is the right thing to do.

“He’s training and is fine. If I pick him it is because I think he is fine. If not, it is because I think maybe a team-mate is better for this game.”

The Spaniard added:

“What I said the other day and can repeat now is that we have a lot of games to be played and we have to be sure everyone can give 100%.”

Many Chelsea fans have made their frustrations known via varying sources of media that they do not understand why Terry hasn’t been a regular choice and he himself believes he is fit enough to play regular football, and we may see more of him during the final stretch of the Premier League season.

I believe he should have been granted to get his match fitness back a lot sooner but I do not blame Benitez for being cautious as rotation is a reality for the Blues this season and it’s even more vital as we have played significantly more games than our rivals have. It’s also true that Terry has been through the wars over his career and has defied medical science more than once, so perhaps this has taken its toll and age is catching up with him.

However, it is great to see that he working his way back now and also refreshing to hear that he values the team’s benefit ahead of his own.

Source: West London Sport

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