John Terry looks to be winning his fitness race to play for Chelsea against QPR on Saturday, The Guardian claim.
The England international is suffering from an ankle injury and was initially a doubt for the London derby clash at the weekend.
However, it is believed that Terry has told Roberto Di Matteo that he will be fit and ready to face Mark Hughes’ men, despite the potential controversy that it could cause.
Terry was acquitted in court of using racist and inflammatory language against Anton Ferdinand in the corresponding fixture last season, but an FA investigation into the incident is still ongoing.
With Ferdinand set to feature for the Loftus Road club, there have been rumblings in the media that the pair of players would not shake hands ahead of the game.
Terry however has stated to Di Matteo that he is keen to appear to not be avoided confrontation and has asked to play at the weekend.
Meanwhile, The Sun state that QPR players will decide on Thursday whether or not to shake Terry and Ashley Cole’s hands in the clash.
By Gareth McKnight