Cahill hoping for defensive partnership with Chelsea skipper Terry

The 32-year-old made only 11 Premier League starts in an injury-hampered campaign last term, and his younger team-mate has backed the club captain to play a bigger role this season
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is hopeful John Terry can remain fit so that the pair can strike up a partnership in defence next season.

The Blues' captain made just 11 Premier League starts last term as a number of injury setbacks and the impressive form of David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic saw him regularly excluded by Roberto Di Matteo and Rafael Benitez.

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But Cahill wants to see the fit-again 32-year-old play a prominent role under the returning Jose Mourinho during the 2013-14 campaign.

"Last year he had a couple of niggles and hopefully they're behind him, not just for him but the team," he told reporters.

"It seems like I've only played with him in bits and bobs, with him being in and out, and we've not really had a run of games. It would be great if he could stay fit so we can have consistency."

Terry, who has spent his entire senior career at Stamford Bridge, has played in all three matches of the club's recent tour of Asia and scored during the 8-1 thrashing of the Indonesia All-Stars on Thursday.

The former England skipper has made over 500 appearances for Chelsea and has helped the club to three Premier League titles, five FA Cups and one Champions League victory during that time.