Totally fine! Chelsea captain John Terry fit for Atletico Madrid clash

Chelsea captain John Terry says he gave everything to be fit after Jose Mourinho confirmed he will start on Wednesday

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Chelsea captain John Terry Photo: The Sport Review

John Terry insists he is fully recovered from an ankle injury ahead of the second leg of Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge.

The 33-year-old Blues captain missed his club’s 2-0 victory at Liverpool on Sunday after being forced off with an ankle injury in the second half at Vicente Calderon last week.

Once I was ruled out of Liverpool, myself and the medical team gave it everything over the weekend with some late nights. On the Sunday as well. We threw everything at it

John Terry

Jose Mourinho confirmed Terry will start the second leg, and the centre-half revealed that he gave it everything over the weekend to recover for the Atletico clash.

“After I went down, I knew it was something a little bit more serious,” Terry said.

“Usually you roll your ankle. I felt I had done my ligaments. Unfortunately I had to come off. After the game I wasn’t feeling great about it but the scan reassured me that it wasn’t great.

“Once I was ruled out of the Liverpool game, the medical team and I gave it everything over the weekend with some late nights. On Sunday as well. We threw everything at it.

“I trained with the team that stayed back [on Sunday], it was totally fine. Yesterday I did a full session and today I did a full session. Touch wood, no problems at all.”

Earlier at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho claimed the Champions League owes his captain after being suspended for their triumph in Munich [2012], missing a penalty in the shootout against Manchester United in Moscow [2008], as well as a series of losses in the last four.

However, the Blues defender believes that he and Chelsea must control their own destiny and ensure another European success for the club following their recent Champions League and Europea League triumphs.

“Listen I feel I owe football for giving me the opportunity to be at Chelsea – a top club – and to be able to play in these competitions,” Terry added.

“Football doesn’t owe me anything. It is about making it happen. Those winning moments live with you every day when you’re in a difficult period personally or professionally, you look back and that spurs you on.”

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