Chelsea vs Southampton: John Terry set to return to starting line-up and bolster Jose Mourinho's defence

The club captain has not started in the league since the 3-1 defeat to Everton

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John Terry will return to Chelsea's starting line-up for Saturday's meeting with Southampton, according to reports.

The club captain has not started in a league or European game since Jose Mourinho's side fell to a 3-1 defeat against Everton last month.

However, the Blues' form has not significantly improved since Terry was replaced in the side by youngster Kurt Zouma. Now, according to the Mail, it seems he will return with the hope of shoring up a shaky defence.

The club's dismal start to the season continued on Tuesday night with a 2-1 loss to Mourinho's former employers Porto in the Champions League. 

During the post-match warm down, Terry, who was unused substitute, was greeted by the away fans with chants of 'we want our captain back', which he duly acknowledged.

Terry played every minute of last year's title-winning league campaign as part of a solid backline. 

He has vowed to win his place back ever since finding himself on the bench and now looks likely to regain his place in the Premier League's second-most porous defence.

Several other high-profile players have found their starting berths under threat from Mourinho.

Nemanja Matic and Eden Hazard were left out of the side on Tuesday night, while Radamel Falcao, Loic Remy and Oscar did not even make the matchday sqaud.

The positions of vice-captain Branislav Ivanovic and Cesc Fabregas have also been under scrutiny, with their POrtuguese boss threatening the "play the kids" if his first-team regulars do not turn their form around soon.

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