Chelsea’s John Terry ruled out of Liverpool clash with injury
Chelsea will be without their captain and central defender John Terry for the huge clash against Liverpool this Friday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBC Sports) at Stamford Bridge.
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Terry, 35, sustained the injury in the closing stages of Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at Swansea City last Sunday and it has been revealed he’s suffered ligament damage in his left foot.
So, it’s your time to shine, David Luiz.
Antonio Conte couldn’t confirm the damage to Terry following Chelsea’s trip to Swansea but the club released a statement on Tuesday confirming their skipper will be out for the next 10 days which will also see him miss the EFL Cup game against Leicester City and he could be struggling for the Premier League trip to Arsenal on Sept. 24 too.
Losing Terry is a big blow for Conte but now it somewhat vindicates signing Luiz, 29, for $40 million on Transfer Deadline Day. The Brazilian center back may come straight into the team to replace Terry, or Conte could switch Branislav Ivanovic from right back to center back and slot Cesar Azpilicueta to right back with another new signing, Marcos Alonso, making his Chelsea debut at left back.
Conte has options but losing Terry’s experience in such a massive game against a potent Liverpool offense may well be crucial.
Terry posted the following video on his Instagram page showing him receiving treatment on his injured foot/ankle area.
It takes a lot to keep Terry out of game as the veteran defender has played in at least 33 games per season in each of his last 13 campaigns at Chelsea.
With swelling like this just a few days before a big clash, there’s no way Terry will make the Liverpool game.