It might be a while before John Terry is next seen on the Stamford Bridge pitch…
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JOHN TERRY fears he may be sidelined for MONTHS.
The Chelsea skipper, who has been troubled by a nerve problem in his right leg, last night revealed he has played through the pain barrier since the end of last season – but now wants doctors to find a cure.
Terry said: “It is at a point where I cannot carry on with it.
“I used to be able to make it through games because the adrenalin gets you going and you blank the pain out.
“But now there is no decision to make. After games I’m in agony and not sleeping at all.”
The possible long-term absence of Terry, 29, is a huge loss for boss Carlo Ancelotti whose lack of defensive cover was shown up in Sunday’s 3-0 home defeat by Sunderland.
Terry will discuss his options at the Blues’ training ground today and he may fly to Italy later this week to see a specialist team recommended by Ancelotti.
The England star added: “I’m at my wit’s end. I know I won’t play against Birmingham on Saturday but beyond that there are no clues. It could be weeks, it could be months.” (The Sun)
This is bad news for both Chelsea and England.
Chelsea sold Ricardo Carvalho to Real Madrid in the summer, and with Alex recovering slowly from his knee problem, there could be more games yet with Paulo Ferreira in central defence alongside Branislav Ivanovic.
Indeed, it could have been worse had the Serbian international been quite justifiably sent off against Sunderland for a last man offence, for a three match suspension against Chelsea’s only remaining established first team centre half would have been hugely damaging.
Surely it is time for Carlo Ancelotti to give Jeffrey Bruma a chance at the back. He might be just 19, but has already earned international recognition with his first cap for the Netherlands, and his time has to be now.
There has been a notable change in Chelsea’s transfer policy in recent transfer windows, which may of course be down to the forthcoming UEFA transfer rule changes, and it has affected their squad – which was previously the best in the league.
Though their first XI is still almost certainly the best in the Premier League, they do not boast top quality talent in reserve – just potential.
On the bench against Sunderland were the aforementioned Bruma, 20 year-old Patrick van Aanholt, 18 year-old Gael Kakuta, 18 year-old Jacopo Sala and Josh McEachran, who is just 17.
Chelsea could really struggle in the Premier League if they suffer more injuries to key players.
As for England, with Rio Ferdinand’s back injuries still a concern, Fabio Capello could be forced to blood the likes of Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling or Phil Jones alongside Phil Jagielka or Joleon Lescott at the back.
This might be a blessing in disguise for the national team, who have relied on the old guard for a very long time.
It just depends if the players concerned are able to step up to the plate.