Aston Villa will be buoyed by the return of captain John Terry for the remaining fixtures of the season.
Terry has been influential on and off the pitch for Steve Bruce this season, but has missed the last 2 games with an ankle injury. Despite his absence the Villa have managed to win both games 1-0 and keep the chase for automatic promotion alive.
They have 3 regular season Championship games left, against Ipswich, Derby County & Millwall. With potential play-off games following those, the leadership and experience of John Terry could be the difference for the Midlands club.
Terry took to Instagram to announce his return from an ankle injury. Captioning “5km this morning. Back training Monday.”
In the absence of the former England international and captain, Mile Jedinak has partnered James Chester in the defence and successfully kept 2 consecutive clean sheets. So an immediate return to the starting line-up may not be in order for Terry.
The former Chelsea captain will be hoping he can return to the Premier League at the firs time of asking, having joined Aston Villa in the summer on a free transfer. Terry still has what it takes to perform to some capacity at the highest level, his grit, determination and reading of the game make up for what he lacks in pace and agility.
Aston Villa have benefited hugely from having a Premier League legend in their ranks, someone who knows what it takes to win, to come back from adversity and to defend like their lives depend on it.
It is the business end of the season now and having someone like Terry around the changing room and on the pitch is going to give Aston Villa an edge over the rest of those competing for promotion. A timely return by Terry, a welcome return by Bruce and Villa fans alike.