Terry ready to step up for spot-kicks again

Chelsea captain John Terry is ready to step up and take a penalty in Turin should the Blues' Champions League last 16 clash with Juventus go to a shootout on Tuesday. Terry famously missed the spot-kick that would have beaten Manchester United in last year's European Cup final in Moscow, with Sir Alex Ferguson's side going on to triumph courtesy of Edwin Van der Sar's save from Nicolas Anelka in sudden death. But he practised penalties with the rest of Guus Hiddink's squad in Turin on Monday night and, undoubtedly, will have no qualms in stepping forward at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino should the tie go that far. Hiddink - who has won all five of his matches in charge of Chelsea to date - must decide whether to hand, midfielder, Michael Essien his first start for six months. The Ghanian played 25 minutes as a substitute in Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup win at Coventry, his first appearance since rupturing knee ligaments in August. “Essien was out for many, many months," said Hiddink. “But he’s very strong, a very positive guy and he can have a huge impact for the rest of the season. He’s ready to start.”

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