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Chelsea skipper Terry backs AVB: Players must stand up and be counted

Chelsea captain John Terry says manager Andre Villas-Boas has his unqualified support. Terry also revealed his disappointment at being ruled out for another six weeks after being forced to undergo surgery on the knee injury that had already sidelined him for three.

Terry told Chelsea's official matchday programme: "Quite simply, the next few weeks will define our season.

"I'd give anything to be involved at this time.

"During tough times, we all have to stay together as one and the players have to stand up and be counted.

"I am disappointed about having to undergo an operation, but, believe me, I tried everything to return quickly. However, I am on the mend now and I hope to be back on the pitch sooner rather than later.

"In the meantime, I have full confidence in the team and the manager to get the results we need in the coming weeks.

"We strive to continue building on the history of Chelsea - which means qualifying for the Champions League, pushing for a place at the top of the table and competing for trophies. Let's set about doing that."

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