Di Matteo unsure on Terry return

  • Last Updated: November 4 2012, 13:12 GMT

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has yet to decide whether to bring John Terry back into his side for Wednesday's Champions League meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk.

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John Terry

26. John Terry

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Terry served the last game of his domestic four-match ban for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand as Chelsea drew 1-1 with Swansea, surrendering their position at the top of the Premier League at the end of a week dominated by the Mark Clattenburg affair.

The Blues have shipped 10 goals in Terry's absence, but while Di Matteo acknowledged his side have missed the former England international, he has yet to decide whether to return him to the side against the Ukrainian side in midweek.

Di Matteo, who is also hopeful of having Juan Mata and David Luiz back from injury, said: "He (Terry) is an important player for us and we will welcome him back, we will have to see how the next three days go and then we will make a decision."

On Mata and Luiz he added: "It is going to be a question of waiting for the next couple of days for them to recover and we hope they will be available to play."

Chelsea's goal at the Liberty Stadium came courtesy of Victor Moses, the former Wigan man's first league strike for his new club.

The 21-year-old was among Chelsea's best performers in south Wales, with his pace and trickery proving a constant thorn in the side to Swansea.

And Di Matteo is pleased by the development the Nigeria international is showing.

He said: "He has been doing very well, every time he has played he has performed well. He is still very young but there is a lot more to come from him and I was pleased with him.

"He is a big threat, he has tricks and pace and is becoming more effective when he finds space."

The Blues were denied victory by Pablo Hernandez's late strike, which capped a fine week for Swansea.

Michael Laudrup's side were unfortunate to suffer a narrow defeat at Manchester City last weekend, but bounced back to beat Liverpool at Anfield in the Capital One Cup in midweek before salvaging a point against the European champions.

But Laudrup has told his side they must show the same focus when they travel to face Southampton next weekend.

He said: "This week we have played three good teams, with a lot of spotlight.

"In the game last week against Manchester City, it was a free game. They are the champions and we are away so nobody expects anything. Against Liverpool away nobody expects anything.

"Chelsea at home, maybe you can get a point, but if play well and lose 1-0 you can accept that as well.

"Then you have to play Southampton away next, and to me that is very important.

"There is not the same spotlight and maybe some will call us favourites. That is another kind of game.

"Because we play well against the top teams it doesn't give any indication of what we will do."