Photo: John Terry sends heartfelt message to Chelsea defender

The Chelsea captain was thrilled to see Kurt Zouma back in competitive action at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon

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John Terry has congratulated Kurt Zouma on his return to the Chelsea first team after the Blues were 4-1 winners against Peterborough in the FA Cup third round.

The France defender made his first competitive start under new manager Antonio Conte after recovering from a serious knee injury which has kept the centre-half sidelined since February 2016.

Pedro Rodriguez scored goals either side of half-time to help Chelsea bounce back from their 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League last week, while Michy Batshuayi and Willian also got on the score sheet.

Terry endured a disappointing afternoon following his sending off in the second half on his first start in all competitions since November.

However, the Chelsea captain confirmed on Instagram that the west London club will appeal the red card ahead of their trip to defending Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday evening.

Terry heaped praise on Zouma after he posted the above photo and wrote the following caption on his Instagram page:

“What a great feeling being back on the pitch today, albeit only for 67 mins after my red card which I will be appealing and hope the FA and the ref will look at it and realise I didn’t touch @leeangol.

“Great win for the boys and Into the next round of the FA Cup.

“Well done @_pedro17_ ⚽️⚽️ @mbatshuayi ⚽️ @willianborges88 ⚽️

“Congratulations @kurtzouma on your comeback mate 👌 great to have you back. @chelseafc”

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