Terry shrugs off injury concerns by begging Di Matteo to let him face Ferdinand at Loftus Road

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Posted Friday, September 14, 2012 by Dailymail

John Terry will plead with manager Roberto Di Matteo to let him lead Chelsea against Queens Park Rangers.

All eyes will be on Loftus Road ahead of kick-off to see whether Terry and Anton Ferdinand shake hands during the pre-match ritual.

Terry has been nursing an ankle injury picked up in England’s 5-0 win over Moldova last Friday — but the central defender is expected to train having done so on Wednesday and Thursday.

Terry shrugs off injury concerns by begging Di Matteo to let him face Ferdinand at Loftus Road
Let me play: John Terry will ask Roberto Di Matteo to be in Chelsea's starting XI

Privately, Terry has declared himself fit and is desperate to go toe-to-toe with Ferdinand for the first time since his successful court battle earlier this summer.

The Chelsea skipper was accused of racially abusing Ferdinand in the now infamous Premier League clash on October 23 — but Terry was cleared of the criminal charges in July.

Despite the fact he is likely to be targeted by QPR supporters the former England captain does not want to be accused of ducking the issue if he sits out the game.

Ferdinand is planning to refuse to shake hands with Terry and Ashley Cole who appeared as a defence witness for his Chelsea team-mate.

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