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Villas-Boas picks Terry for Rovers clash

3 November 2011 22:22

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says John Terry will play at Blackburn on Saturday despite the police investigation into alleged racism.

The England defender has been accused of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand last month, but Villas-Boas says Terry will play.

"John has been involved in all the Premiership games and is our captain, one of the best defenders in the world. His talent is unquestionable and he is always up for selection," Villas-Boas said.

The Portuguese has full faith in his defence despite conceding five goals against Arsenal last time out and has vowed to end their run of two successive league defeats.

"There is always room for improvement, there must be. Our defensive organisation is solid, it's competent and we have complete trust in it," Villas-Boas said.

"We have good, solid organisation, and it is not one game that ends 5-3 that will make us question our defensive organisation, particularly when two goals happen from different situations, situations that are imponderables from the game."

"We have been close enough to winning all the games we have been losing. As you cannot change luck, you dedicate yourself to your organisation and that's what we have been doing, trying to get the details right to end our run as soon as possible."

Villas-Boas thinks Blackburn have the ability to turn things around and praised the club's owners for sticking with under-fire boss Steve Kean, and criticised fans who have organised protests and banners at games to oust the Scot from Ewood Park.

"Blackburn is a team that is going through ups and downs in terms of emotions and a public that has shown a bit of disrespect for the manager, for the quality of work he does," he added.

"The owners have done tremendously well in protecting Steve because they believe in his talent. So there is belief in the squad they can turn things around."

Meanwhile, Villas-Boas confirmed John Obi Mikel is available for the game while Didier Drogba is out after having surgery to remove a metal plate from his arm.

"Obi has returned to training straight away after we returned from Genk and will be fit for selection," Villas-Boas said.

"Didier will start training as we enter the second week of the international break and we hope he'll be available for the Liverpool game."

"Essien is making good progress and we're thinking end of December."

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