Chelsea’s John Terry out for around three weeks with knee injury
John Terry will miss around three weeks due to knee injury picked up against Liverpool, Chelsea's Roberto Di Matteo confirms
John Terry will be out of action for around three weeks as a result of the knee injury the Chelsea captain sustained against Liverpool on Sunday.
Terry was forced off in the first half at Stamford Bridge after a nasty collision with Reds striker Luis Suárez.
But Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo confirmed on Friday that the injury – a medial collateral ligament strain – is not as serious as first feared.
“I think with JT we’re looking at approximately three weeks,” said Di Matteo. “Fortunately it’s not as bad as we first thought; it’s an MCL strain.
“On the one hand we’re obviously pleased that it’s not as bad as we first feared but on the other hand we’re very disappointed that we’ve lost him again after he’s just come back.
“He’s a very important player for us and it’s a crucial time of the season for us. It’s difficult to say [exactly how long he will be out for] because it also depends on how the progress in his rehab is going.”
Di Matteo also confirmed that Frank Lampard will not be fit for Saturday’s trip to West Bromwich due to a calf injury.
And the Italian remained coy when quizzed over the veteran midfielder’s future at the club following reports linking him with a January transfer to China.
“He won’t be featuring this weekend but he’s not far off,” said Di Matteo. “We have to be careful with his injury because we don’t want to take any risks. He’s not far off [but] it’s difficult to put days on it.”
And when asked if Lampard had held talks with other clubs, Di Matteo replied: “Not as far as I’m aware of. But there’s always going to be speculation about Frank because he’s a fantastic player.
“I hope [Lampard will sign a new Chelsea contract] but ultimately that is between the player and the club to agree a new arrangement. I’m not aware at the moment how the discussions are going.
“I think if there is a willingness from both sides he will remain with us. I think he’s been a fantastic player for us over more than a decade and I think it would be nice for him to finish his career here.”