The Chelsea captain has revealed an injury that has been affecting him since the World Cup.
John Terry has revealed the hamstring injury which has forced him to miss the start of England’s European Championship qualifying campaign dates back to the World Cup.
The Chelsea captain was ruled out of this Friday’s match against Bulgaria at Wembley as well as the trip to Switzerland four days later after being ordered to rest for 10 days.
The defender told Chelsea TV: “I have had a bit of a problem since the World Cup and I was hoping after the World Cup that I would have two weeks off and it would completely go away. But that wasn’t the case and, coming back working hard, it came back on.”
Terry has played every game for club and country this season but claims the injury was behind his half-time substitution in England’s recent friendly win over Hungary.
“I played the last England game but I had to come off at half-time because of it,” he said. “I have not made it public but I have been struggling with it and maybe I just need 10 days’ rest to fully get over it because it could impact on my season.” (Guardian)
Maybe that would explain why he didn’t have the best of tournaments, but you have to admire Terry for his desire to represent his country at The World Cup.
Fabio Capello will now be forced to field a makeshift centre-back pairing during the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers and has Michael Dawson, Matthew Upson, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott to choose from.