John Terry Injury: Updates on Chelsea Defender's Foot and Return

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John Terry Injury: Updates on Chelsea Defender's Foot and Return
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Updates from Wednesday, April 30

John Terry is in Chelsea's starting 11 for the club's match against Atletico Madrid (via Sky Sports News):

Updates from Tuesday, April 29

John Terry trained on Tuesday ahead of Chelsea's Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid.

Sky Sports and Chelsea tweeted:

The Daily Star's David Woods reports that Jose Mourinho is preparing his team to cope without their skipper:

John Terry is rated 50-50 to make a shock return from an ankle injury and face Atletico Madrid tomorrow.

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Chelsea's inspirational skipper did not train with the first team yesterday, but did do some light running under the guidance of the club's physio department.

It is understood Mourinho is planning to play Branislav Ivanovic at centre back alongside Gary Cahill - with Cesar Azpilicueta and Ashley Cole the full backs - if Terry cannot make it.

Terry later updated his status, via Chelsea's Twitter account:

Updates from Friday, April 25

Jose Mourinho confirmed on Friday that John Terry will miss the trip to Liverpool on Sunday, and also cast a negative prediction over his fitness for the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea's official Twitter reported:

The Daily Mirror's Martin Lipton, though, claims Terry might still be fit for Atletico:

Jose Mourinho publicly ruled his captain out for the season “unless we get to the final’’ in his post-match press conference, and Terry wore a glum face on the flight back from the Spanish capital.

The 33-year-old limped heavily through immigration and arrivals lounge and onto the coach back to the club’s Cobham base, although he was, perhaps surprisingly, not using crutches.

But Terry was walking without a limp at Cobham on Thursday morning after undergoing manipulative treatment, with more of the same scheduled over the next three or four days.

And while the centre-half had feared the damage to his ankle ligaments was too severe for any chance of a quick return, Terry now thinks he will be fit for Wednesday’s return clash with the Spanish outfit.

  

Original Text

Chelsea star defender John Terry will be out for the remainder of the 2013-14 Premier League season with a foot injury.

BBC Sport reported news of Terry's ailment on Tuesday, also noting that goalkeeper Petr Cech would be out for the rest of the league campaign:

The Blues' official Twitter account noted that Terry tried to play through the injury during the club's 0-0 Champions League semi-final first-leg draw with Atletico Madrid, and he was eventually replaced in the 72nd minute by Andre Schurrle:

TEAMtalk.com recorded what Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had to say about Terry's status, indicating that the Blues would have to reach the Champions League final for the veteran to return to the pitch this season:

Squawka Football's official Twitter account had a pertinent point about how the recent injuries will impact the Blues moving forward:

It's going to be difficult for Chelsea to bounce back without their captain, the 33-year-old Terry, manning his familiar position, along with Cech serving as the last line of defence.

The Blues trail Liverpool by five points in the Premier League table and badly need the three points with a win on Sunday. Stopping the Reds attack led by prolific duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge will be made more difficult without Terry and Cech.

If they manage to overcome Atletico in the return leg, the Blues would meet either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

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