Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has no fears about captain John Terry's mental state

John Terry: Available to face Arsenal and Roberto Di Matteo has no worries about his mental state

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Chelsea refused to answer questions on the John Terry verdict at their manager's pre-match press conference but Roberto Di Matteo did say he was not worried about the defender losing his cool if selected against Arsenal.

Terry was banned for four matches by the Football Association on Thursday for using racist language towards Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in October last year.

The Chelsea centre-back is available for today's game at Arsenal as he has yet to decide whether to appeal against the FA's decision, and the club did not want to field any questions on the verdict when Di Matteo addressed the media ahead of Saturday's clash at Emirates Stadium.

The Blues boss did take some footballing questions on Terry, though, and insisted he had no fears about his mental state.

"He's a professional player," Di Matteo said, confirming he had spoken to the 31-year-old. "He's a senior player as well. He's got all the experience in the world."

Di Matteo did admit he felt the Terry case had dragged on for too long, adding: "It's taken a long time and the only thing we can do is just wait and see what happens.

"Everybody would've liked it to be a bit quicker."

Chelsea head of communications Steve Atkins did not allow Di Matteo to take a question on whether there was a club policy for players or staff using racist language, but the manager did indicate that Terry would wear the armband against Arsenal when asked if his position as captain was under consideration.

"He is going to be available and, from our point of view, there is no changes," said Di Matteo.

Ferdinand, meanwhile, has broken his silence after the verdict by taking to Twitter to respond to abuse he claimed to have received on the social media site since Terry was handed a four-match ban and a £220,000 fine by an independent Football Association panel.

The QPR defender tweeted: "On a serious note people need 2 read the facts before they send stupid tweets 2 me with liar and grass in it footage don't lie."

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