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Benitez: No timeframe on Terry return
04 Jan, 2013 4:08 PM GMT
Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez says he has no idea when club captain John Terry will return from injury.
The former England captain has been out since November when Liverpool striker Luis Suarez fell on his knee during the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Terry was due to make his comeback against Sunderland on December 8, however, a number of setbacks in training stopped him from doing so and have continued to prevent him from returning.
Speaking ahead of his team's FA Cup third-round tie against Southampton on Saturday, Benitez told reporters: "I talked with John on Wednesday morning and he is getting there and can start to do the warm-up with the team soon and then we will see how he will progress.
"Talking to the doctor, the problem is a build-up of fluid on the bone. So at this stage we have no idea when he will be back."
Terry is not the only absentee for Benitez, with Chelsea set to lose John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses to the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech is also sidelined for "two or three weeks" and is expected to miss both legs of Chelsea's Capital One Cup semi-final against Swansea.
However, striker Demba Ba is close to completing his transfer from Newcastle and Benitez is hopeful the Senegal forward could make his debut against Southampton: "If we can do the business I hope he can play in the FA Cup."