Blues skipper to miss Gunners trip

Chelsea will still be without the injured John Terry when they visit rivals Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday evening.

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The captain and central defender suffered an ankle injury in the recent 2-2 draw with Swansea but, despite optimism that he would, he has not recovered in time.

It is hoped he and fellow central defender Kurt Zouma, who injured his anterior cruciate ligaments, will soon return to training.

Blues boss Antonio Conte said: “John hasn’t recovered from his injury. He’s working, working, but he hasn’t recovered for the game against Arsenal. I don’t know (when he will be back). In this case it’s important what the player feels, the pain he feels.

“It’s normal (that Terry wants to play). In the team and the squad we have three central defenders. It’s normal to make a choice. It’s normal when you are in a team like Chelsea to have this problem, but I don’t see any problem in this situation.”

Terry’s absence coincided with Chelsea losing their first game of the season – 2-1 at home to Liverpool last Friday – and Conte is hoping for a reaction against Arsenal, who the Blues have not lost against in the past nine league meetings.

He added: “This is a big game between two big rivals. It’s important to play a good game. Above all after our defeat against Liverpool. But we know that we’ll face a team, a good team, a big rival.

“I’m sure that Arsenal will fight until the end to win the title because they’re a very good team, (with) young players, great technique, good players with good physical potential and organisation.

“When there are these types of games, they’re very tough. It’s not necessary to push any player. These big games give great emotion and great expectation. For this reason the players are already motivated.

“(Chelsea) can improve a lot. It’s normal that, when you start work with a new team, and you bring a new idea or method of football, you need a bit of time. But I’m confident about this. We trust in the work. I know that we can improve a lot.”

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