Terry thanks Chelsea fans for support

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Embattled Chelsea captain John Terry has described the support he has received from the club's fans as "incredible".

Terry was stripped of the England captaincy by Fabio Capello as a result of his alleged affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the ex-girlfriend of former Chelsea team-mate Wayne Bridge.

The 29-year-old has refused to comment on the allegations but broke his silence to speak to the club's television channel.

Terry told Chelsea TV following the Blues' 2-0 victory over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday: "On a personal note I would like to thank every single fan.

"It's been an emotional day for myself and how the fans have been with me over the last two weeks has been quite incredible.

"I didn't expect that today and I would like to thank every single individual fan for the way they treated me.

"It was a great performance and, I mean it from my heart, I would like to thank everyone."

Terry led by example against the Gunners, his header from a corner setting up Drogba for the opening goal.

The centre-back, however, picked up a dead leg and will be assessed ahead of the trip to Everton tomorrow night, while it has also been speculated Terry will be given a leave of absence from next weekend's FA Cup tie against Cardiff to deal with off-field issues.

Midfielder Michael Ballack maintains the team are united behind their captain.

"We can't do more than win games and that is what we have done," said the Germany skipper.

"We are one team and we don't want to speak about the other thing, but the best answer we can give was on the pitch."

He added: "We play for Chelsea and that is our job, which is why we have to win games and that is what we did.

"The team looked confident and settled.

"It is important to win, even in difficult situations - that is always the best answer."

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