Since John Terry fractured three bones in his right foot against Arsenal on December 16, Chelsea have coped reasonably well without their captain. However, it looks like they might have to acquire a season-long replacement for him, if reports in the Daily Telegraph are to be believed.
Chelsea initially announced he would be out for a minimum of six weeks and the player himself targeted mid-February and the resumption of Champions League combat. But there are fears that Terry’s absence could stretch longer.
In the past, the England captain has always shown remarkable powers of recovery from injury. However, it appears that on this occasion he’s not going to be ready before his self-appointed deadline. Will Chelsea be forced to sign a new central defender as cover, such as Serbian international Branislav Ivanovic from Lokomotiv Moscow? Or have they got enough strength in depth to continue to cope with Terry’s absence?