Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez said after the Europa League win over Sparta Prague that John Terry is trapped in a ‘vicious circle’ that is slowing down his return to competition.

Blues captain was an unused substitute in Prague despite claiming he was fully recovered from the recurrence of the knee injury he suffered in November against Liverpool.

Benitez explained his decision after the match: “He [Terry] had a setback in the week. He has to train more with the team and then he will have more options to play”.

The interim manager also gave details about the difficulty of getting Terry back into the starting XI, as it has only happened twice since he got injuried.

“It’s a vicious circle. If he cannot play, he cannot improve his match fitness but, if he can’t train with the team, he can’t improve his fitness” former Liverpool boss declared.

The Spaniard remains confident to manage the situation wisely and progressively bring Terry back to the highest level but, in the meantime, feels safe trusting the alternatives he has at the centre-back position.

“If [Gary] Cahill and [Branislav] Ivanovic are doing well, we can keep winning games”, he stated.