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Terry poised for recall despite race row

ANDRE Villas-Boas was this evening set to give John Terry the nod to lead Chelsea out in their crucial London derby against Arsenal.

All the signs are that the Blues boss will recall his captain for the crunch Premier League clash, despite the racism inquiry that hangs over the 30-year-old.

Terry sat out Wednesday night's Carling Cup win at Everton, the defender left in London largely because he was one booking away from a suspension.

Villas-Boas gave Terry his full backing earlier this week, after the England captain categorically denied racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road.

However, that was before Rangers asked the Football Association to investigate the allegations against Terry, who could be forgiven for having his mind elsewhere during tomorrow's match.

The FA inquiry could see other QPR and Chelsea players called as witnesses, and the Professional Footballers' Association yesterday pledged to assist the English game's governing body.


PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor offered his help in the Patrice Evra-Luiz Suarez race row two weeks ago and his organisation made it clear yesterday they would be prepared to do the same in the Terry-Ferdinand saga.

Reacting to recent race rows, Premier League managers yesterday gave their take on whether it was a problem in English football.

Blackburn's Steve Kean was taken aback by the Terry allegations.

"I was surprised because of all the campaigns and I'm sure everybody is behind making sure it doesn't creep back into the game at any level," he said.

"I'm not aware of if it has come back in but if it has then it has to be stamped out immediately."