The Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has said that he is not sure when the captain and defender John Terry will be able to return to first-team action. The 32-year-old defender has been out of the first team action for a long time.

His last match was against Liverpool in the Premier league, in which he suffered a horrible collision with the Liverpool striker Luiz Suarez that has left him out of action for a long time. It was heavily expected that the defender will be part of the club's trip to Japan to play in the Club World Cup, but he failed to recover sufficiently in time.

He was once again not part of the Chelsea team that managed to win extremely well in the Capital One cup against Leeds United. Terry missed this 5-1 victory for the team, which has put them in the semifinals of the competition. Speaking ahead of the match with Aston Villa on Sunday, the Chelsea manager said that he is not sure when the captain will be returning to the first-team action, but has said that he is extremely delighted with the performance shown by the team in the win over Leeds. Chelsea were simply amazing in the second half after they stormed past the Championship club by scoring five goals.

"Still I say we don't know. One day he is fine, the day after he has some pain. With the knee it is always very difficult to say. We don't know if it will be one day or one week. When you go to a semi-final, any team is difficult. Swansea is a good team, they are playing well. They like to play football, on the floor and it will be interesting. We were looking for character and the reaction was so good, we have to consider it for the future," said Benitez.