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Last year's clash with Anton Ferdinand means Blues skipper is unlikely to be well-received at Loftus Road, but his team-mate expects the England defender to handle the crowd

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has expressed his belief that John Terry will be able to deal with a hostile crowd if he features against QPR this weekend.

The Blues captain could shrug off an ankle injury to make a return to the side for Saturday’s trip to Loftus Road, where the infamous confrontation with Rs defender Anton Ferdinand took place last season.

Terry was cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand in court after appearing at Euro 2012 but is still under investigation from the FA over the incident.
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However, Ivanovic has insisted his team-mate can cope, telling the Mirror: "It won't be the first time John has played in a game where he is booed.

"Everyone knows how important John is for us and our team. He is our captain and he will be ready to play in this game."

Chelsea had both Jose Bosingwa – now at QPR – and Didier Drogba sent off in the fixture last season, which the Rs won 1-0, but demolished their west London rivals 6-1 at Stamford Bridge in April.

And Serbia international Ivanovic, who scored in his country’s 6-1 over Wales in midweek, admits he now knows the importance of the derby fixture.

"QPR is a derby match and everyone knows it is an important game for us," he added.

"I can remember the first game we played there and the atmosphere. I will remember it for the rest of my life.

“I know the importance of this game to everyone at Chelsea, including the supporters. It will be a tough and difficult game, but we have to be ready for that."

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