Terry happy with ‘young guns’

The England defender is likely to miss tomorrow’s Carling Cup

third-round tie against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge with a rib

injury. His absence will allow young centre-half Jeffrey Bruma to

start alongside Alex or Branislav Ivanovic against the Magpies. In

recent weeks, Chelsea have blooded a number of their talented

youngsters and Gael Kakuta, Bruma, Patrick van Aanholt and Daniel

Sturridge will all get another chance to further their first-team

ambitions against United. And the move towards incorporating more

of the club’s young stars in a first-team environment meets with

the full approval of Terry. “We have a great squad of players mixed

with some very good young players who are making their mark on the

team,” Terry said. “These opportunities are not only great for them

but also for our youth system and credit goes to everyone working

hard in the academy. “The manager has spoken about the importance

of strength in our squad this season and competition for places is

always a good thing.” Chelsea are currently four points clear at

the top of the Barclays Premier League having scored 21 goals in

winning their first five games, and Terry wants to see their fine

start continue, especially with tough league games against

Manchester City and Arsenal coming up. “We’ve started well, we’re

passing the ball with confidence at the moment and getting at teams

in behind when we can,” he added. “But the important thing is we

don’t stop doing these things because while a good start is

obviously important, it is going to come down to consistency at

some point and we know all about that from experience here.”

Goalkeeper Ross Turnbull is looking forward to playing against the

team he supported as a boy tomorrow night. Chelsea are likely to

rest Petr Cech to allow Turnbull his first start of the season for

the Blues. The 25-year-old grew-up in Durham and was a huge

Newcastle fan before turning professional with local rivals

Middlesbrough. “A lot of my family were supporters too and we had

season tickets when we were younger so I’ll be looking forward to

the game,” Turnbull said. “Everyone likes to play against their

boyhood team, so I’m looking forward to it. “They seem to have done

fine since they’ve been back up in the Premier League. I look for

their results but my interest doesn’t go much further than that

anymore, and I’m sure they will have a good season. “Everyone wants

to play football and it’s a good chance for me to play well. “I’m

not sure what the manager plans to do with the Carling Cup side.

Last year Petr was rested but whether that continues I don’t know,

it is his decision and I’ll go along with it, but from a personal

point of view I’d obviously like to continue if we get through.”