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Not going global: Chelsea captain John Terry ruled out of Club World Cup

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Blues defender isn't going to Japan - so he won't even be able to rush the field with his kit on should the Blues win

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Down and out: terry has failed to recover from injury
Down and out: terry has failed to recover from injury

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John Terry was today ruled out of Chelsea's quest to become world champions next week.

But Rafa Benitez gave a crumb of comfort to Blues fans by revealing Frank Lampard is back in the squad for tomorrow's game with Sunderland.

Benitez, still also without hamstring victim Daniel Sturridge, had been hopeful that skipper Terry, 32 today, would return this weekend from the knee injury he sustained when Luis Suarez accidentally fell on him at Stamford Bridge last month.

But the interim coach was forced to discount Terry from the trip to the Stadium of Light and tomorrow night's 12-hour flight from Newcastle to Tokyo ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup.

Benitez said: “John Terry will not fly because the doctor was talking to me and there's inflammation, so flying will not be the best solution. He will not go to Japan.

“The first conversation we had abut Japan he was quite excited because it was a different competition and a great opportunity.

“But then there was the problem with the knee and the doctor suggested it would be better for him to stay here.

“He wanted to go, he wanted to help. But it'd be better for him to stay. We don't know how long it will be before he is fit again. We'll have to see how he reacts.

“John is training very hard with the physios. But the knee is a special case because it's not a muscle.

“We have to wait and see what's happening. He knows we have to be patient. He's convinced. He received treatment yesterday. I have experience with my own knee, so he knows the process.”

Frank Lampard looks on during a training session at Cobham training ground on December 4, 2012
Eastern promise: Lampard will travel to Japan

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At least Lampard, out since pulling up with a recurrent calf strain in the costly Champions League defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk on October 23, is back in the travelling party.

But while John Obi Mikel begins his three game ban, it is unlikely Lampard will be thrown straight back into the fray.

Benitez added: “Frank has been training. He's in the squad for Sunderland and will fly to Japan, too.

“So at least one important player is back for us. We need character, we need numbers. Frank is an experienced player and at least we have one more body.

“At the moment we have a good team and a good squad, but we needed players with more experience. He could make a difference coming into a squad where something's been wrong.”

Benitez was pleased with the “fantastic” intensity his side showed in finally getting him off the mark with the midweek thrashing of Nordsjaelland that counted for nothing as the holders slipped out of the Champions League.

But the Spaniard hopes that Fernando Torres' double against the Danish side can spur him on to finding his best form.

“Fernando needed to score, but also to play well,” said the manager. “We need more goals from him, from Mata, Hazard, Oscar, Victor (Moses) - all the offensive players.

“We have to create more chances as a team. It's fantastic for Fernando's confidence that he scored, but it will help everyone's confidence to score and see chances created.”

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