Frank Lampard outlines “respect” for John Terry ahead of emotional Chelsea reunion

Frank Lampard

has hailed Chelsea’s “greatest captain” John Terry ahead of his teammates return to Stamford Bridge.

Terry spent almost his whole career with the Blues after coming through the youth ranks to go on and captain the side to a number of major honours.

Whilst at the club, Terry won five Premier League titles, five FA Cup’s and three League Cups; as well as the Champions League and Europa League.

On Wednesday he will make the trip back to his former stomping ground as Aston Villa’s assistant manager, and Lampard feels Terry will get the hero’s welcome he deserves.

“We obviously get on very well and I’ve got huge respect for him, and the work that him and Dean Smith have done there with Aston Villa,” Lampard told a press conference ( as reported by Eurosport ).

John Terry will make his return to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday
John Terry will make his return to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday
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“I think it’s [Wednesday’s game] is more about John and probably the reception he’ll quite rightly get from the Chelsea fans.

“He’s the most decorated captain, the greatest captain, won everything, feels the club, everybody knows that.

“The fans will certainly show their appreciation. I’m sure it will be pretty emotional for John, and he deserves that moment, and I will certainly be pleased to see his face back at the Bridge.”

Terry and Lampard formed the backbone of Chelsea's success from 2005
Terry and Lampard formed the backbone of Chelsea’s success from 2005
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Chelsea have been performing well under Lampard’s stewardship so far this season as they keep pace with the top three.

But a defeat to West Ham at the weekend threatens to knock the wind out of their sails, with a difficult test against Villa awaiting.

One man who has close links to both sides is Tammy Abraham, after he helped Villa secure promotion to the Premier League whilst on loan from Chelsea.

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Abraham faces a late fitness test for Wednesday’s match, and Lampard is hopeful the club’s top goalscorer will be available for selection.

“We are giving him every opportunity to play tomorrow,” the Chelsea boss added.

“We will make the call tomorrow, he has a little bit of pain.

“He was in good form, he is always keen, he is trying his best.”

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