The Mail on Sunday says Benitez still not convinced his captain is sharp enough to play regularly.
The centre back, who has been sidelined for two months of the season, has missed recent training sessions due to the pain and swelling affecting a knee he injured in November. He has not played for Chelsea since the defeat by Newcastle on February 2.
Benitez wants Terry back fully fit for crucial fixtures in March and April that will decide whether his Chelsea side make the top four and qualify for the Champions League, a period in which the interim manager anticipates the defender's leadership being crucial.
Though Terry, 32, is keen to play more, Benitez is concerned about exposing the player too soon, given that he is not yet in full training. The Spaniard is likely to wait until Terry can complete a number of sessions before restoring him to the team for every game.