Jan 16 2013 By Yann Tear
RAFA BENITEZ says it may be too risky pitching John Terry back into the starting line up on Sunday when Arsenal visit Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea captain came off the bench at Stoke City at the weekend to make his first appearance since mid November, when he picked up a knee injury against Liverpool.
But he remained an unused sub against Southampton in Wednesday's 2-2 draw and the interim boss concedes Terry may not be ready to return to the starting XI, even though it would give the fans and team-mates a lift.
“Terry has no match fitness. It's one thing to be match fit to play 90 minutes and another for him to play some minutes.
“It will be difficult for him to start on Sunday. We will see how he trains with his team-mates, but it's not easy. For match fitness, you have to play games, but it has to be the right time.
“The other day, we were winning and I gave him the opportunity to play some minutes and that was fine, but today we had to play high and when he doesn't have this match fitness, it could have been a risk.
"I will try not to take any risks with the team selection.”