John Terry controversy

Wilkins defends Terry as a "fantastic professional"

January 30, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins has told ESPN that John Terry is a "fantastic professional" despite recent revelations about the England captain's private life.

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It was revealed on Friday that a judge at the High Court had lifted an injunction secured by Terry that had prevented publication of details of an alleged affair with Vanessa Perroncel, a former partner of Terry's England colleague Wayne Bridge.

Terry's position as England captain has been placed under real scrutiny following the allegation but the Football Association have refused to make any official comment about the controversy.

Terry also kept silent in the build-up to Saturday's Premier League tie with Burnley but Wilkins, speaking prior to kick-off at Turf Moor, said Chelsea were supporting their captain.

Wilkins told ESPN: "John has got his football head on. He is a fantastic professional as far as the footballing side of his life is concerned. He has done so wonderfully well for us and he will play today with no problem whatsoever."

Asked whether the allegations about Terry's private life had affected preparations for the game against Burnley, Wilkins added: "We've prepared in the best possible fashion. We realise that this game is extremely important for us."