Jan 25 2013 By Yann Tear
Brentford v Chelsea - FA Cup 4th round
RAFAEL Benitez has hinted that John Terry could make his long-awaited return to the Chelsea starting line-up on Sunday because of the need to freshen up a weary team.
The Blues' interim manager says he has no option but to make changes from his regular starting line-up following the draining League Cup exit at Swansea City in midweek.
Eden Hazard will be missing because of his spat with a ball-boy – with a three-match ban potentially extended after the FA charged him with violent conduct this afternoon.
David Luiz is ruled out with an ankle injury that meant he was a virtual passenger in the final minutes at Swansea's Liberty Stadium. He went into the game carrying his injury, but the gamble did not pay off.
Chelsea will be also without Nigerian pair Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel, who are in South Africa on international duty, and long-term crock Oriol Romeu.
All of which points to Terry making a first start since he picked up his knee injury against Liverpool in mid November.
“He was training today – a normal training session – and maybe he will have a chance, “ Benitez said.
“I felt he was doing really well in the training sessions and he was on the bench the other day just in case he was needed, but I think he's progressing.
“We have two or three more training sessions and that will be positive for him and positive for us.
“David Luiz had to play at the end [at Swansea] as a midfielder, but he was limping and we had to play with three at the back, with 10 players.
“If you analyse our squad, it's not so big, especially in some positions and we cannot rest too much, but we cannot push them too much. We play one game each three days.”