Chelsea captain John Terry will undergo further scans on Sunday to determine the seriousness of the ‘muscular problem’ that he picked in the win over Newcastle United.
Terry was forced off after just 38 minutes of the encounter, although his side were able to go on and claim a 5-1 win ahead of their Champions League clash with PSG on Tuesday.
Nevertheless, interim boss Guus Hiddink has been left with another selection headache after his captain tweaked his hamstring during a tussle with Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The Dutch tactician is hopeful that the issue isn’t too serious as he is already without Kurt Zouma for the rest of the season.
“There are two big games coming up,” Hiddink said of the PSG clash and FA Cup tie against Manchester City next Saturday, as reported by ESPN FC. “We’ll see what the [physical] damage is tomorrow. After an intense game two days generally is not enough.”
Meanwhile, Hiddink also bemoaned the fixture list and insists that the Premier League could do more to help clubs involved in Europe, with PSG resting seven players in their draw with Lille on Saturday while they boast a 25-point lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table.
“They can afford that because they are doing well and unbeaten, so they are focusing themselves and have much more rest than we have.
“We have to consider whether Premier League clubs that play in Europe can play on an earlier date to get at least one day more of recovery. Everyone knows that the second day is a day for rest and small recovery, but we have to prepare for this game.
“I’m strongly in favour of playing on Friday when you have to play on Tuesday. I know there are commercial reasons not to do so but I think sport has to be on top of that. Any doctor will support the things we say as coaches and managers.”
Chelsea moved up to 12th with the win as they continue their resurgence under Hiddink, but they remain 14 points adrift of the top four.