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Captain John Terry ruled out of Chelsea trip to Arsenal

John Terry will remain sidelined for Chelsea's Premier League fixture with Arsenal after failing to recover in time from an ankle injury.

Terry has not recovered in time to play Arsenal. Credit: PA

The captain and central defender's absence due to an ankle injury proved significant last Friday against Liverpool when they suffered their first defeat of the season.

Terry has also been crucial in Chelsea being undefeated against Arsenal in their past nine league meetings and instrumental in them not conceding during the last six of those.

Arsenal's poor run against their rivals means Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will be expected to inspire a reaction after losing to Liverpool.

There had been reports that Terry, who suffered the injury in the draw at Swansea on September 11, but 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.

– Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

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