The former England international has struggled for game time in recent weeks after a series of ailments.
But Conte says the influential defender still has a part to play – even from the sidelines.
“Chelsea star John Terry has struggled with injuries this season”
He said: “John after his first injury recovered very well.
“If you remember he played the last 15 minutes against Everton and then he had another bad injury.
“Now he’s trying to recover.
“John is always very close to the team and he comes with us when we go to play at home and away.
“He’s a really important player for Chelsea, for me and for his team-mates.”
He added: “I don’t know the right time for him to recover from his injury but he’s trying to recover.”
Terry has played over 400 games for Chelsea having been associated with the club for nearly two decades.
His contract is up at the end of the season and he has been linked with a big-money move to China.