Terry set for Chelsea return after back surgery

January 2, 2007

LONDON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Chelsea captain John Terry should return from back surgery in their home Premier League game against Wigan Athletic on January 13, his manager Jose Mourinho said on Tuesday.

Terry had surgery in France last week to cure a back problem and has been sidelined since a league win over Newcastle United on December 13.

Speaking before Tuesday's league game at Aston Villa, Mourinho said: 'This will be the last Premiership game Terry will miss.

'I think Terry will be back for the next (Premiership) game against Wigan.'

Chelsea have suffered at the back since losing their England central defender, conceding two goals in each of their last four league games, with two wins and two draws.

Mourinho also said that Dutch winger Arjen Robben, absent since scoring a late winner at Wigan on Dec. 23, could return for the home Wigan game.