Chelsea star declared fit for Juventus clash

England defender John TerryChelsea captain John Terry has been declared fit for the Blues’ Champions League opener against Italian champions Juventus tomorrow, according to The Sun.

The 31-year-old jarred his knee in Saturday’s goalless draw at QPR and there were initial fears that the inspirational leader wouldn’t be risked for the European champions tomorrow night. However, Terry came through a light training session yesterday and Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo confirmed that his skipper will be available as Chelsea begin the defence of their Champions League crown.

Meanwhile, Juventus coach Antonio Conte has been told by UEFA that his 10-month ban from the dugout does extend to European matches. The 43-year-old was handed the ban after admitting to keeping quiet in a match-fixing scandal while coach at Serie A side Siena.

UEFA confirmed that, “The ban does extend to UEFA competitions. Conte isn’t allowed to have any contact with the players during the game or at half time.”

The match will see the league leaders of the Premier League and Serie A come up against one another. It will be a great chance for the Blues to assert their lead at the top early in a relatively weak group that also contains FC Nordsjaelland from Denmark and Shakhtar Donetsk from Ukraine.