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Saturday, March 10, 2007

FA Cup, Chelsea v Spurs preview

Chelsea captain John Terry could feature for Chelsea in Sunday's FA Cup quarter final clash with Spurs.

Terry was knocked out during the Carling Cup final win over Arsenal in a sickening, accidental clash with Abou Diaby and seemed to be seriously injured.

But after a few weeks rest he has been training with the first team and reckons he could make the weekend match.

"I am aiming towards Sunday," Terry said.

His manager Jose Mourinho was also optimistic that his skipper would return, although added that the decision would be left with medical staff:

"He is training normally," Mourinho said. "He is doing everything like everyone else, he is heading the ball - so if it is my choice, I would say yes. But it is not my choice. I have to wait for a final report from the medical side and they will make that decision. But yes, I want him to play."

Joe Cole is also absent with a fractured metarsal, otherwise Chelsea have a full squad available with the exception of the suspended John Obi Mikel.

Key Tottenham defender Ledley King is out for the season with his foot injury, and Martin Jol is not happy.

"He's already been out for two months," Jol said. "I thought a couple of weeks ago it would be maybe one or two weeks more, but on the scans you can still see the bruises on both feet."

Spurs could ring the changes after the 3-2 UEFA Cup win at Braga, with Jermain Defoe, Jermaine Jenas and Hossam Ghaly all in line to start although Jenas is an injury doubt with a groin strain. Robbie Keane is suspended after losing his appeal against a straight red for handling on the line during the 4-1 against Bolton two weeks ago. Benoit Assou-Ekotto is also out after an operation