Updates from Wednesday, April 30
Chelsea XI to play Atletico: Schwarzer, Ivanović, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Cole, David Luiz, Ramires, Torres, Hazard, Willian. #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 30, 2014
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:
Petr Cech, John Terry, Samuel Eto'o and Eden Hazard all train with Chelsea ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 29, 2014
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.
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:
Terry says he knew his injury last week was serious and he wasn't feeling great about his prospects of playing...#CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) April 29, 2014
...but he completed a full session of training yesterday and again today. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) April 29, 2014
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:
Jose: 'JT won't play this weekend and I don't think he will make Atletico but let's wait and see.' #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) April 25, 2014
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.
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:
John Terry is struggling with a foot injury but is playing on for now. #CFCLive— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) April 22, 2014
Schurrle replaces the injured Terry with 72 minutes on the clock. #CFCLive— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) April 22, 2014
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:
Mourinho on John Terry injury: "And John - we have to play the final for him to play with us." #CFC— TEAMtalk (@TEAMtalk) April 22, 2014
Squawka Football's official Twitter account had a pertinent point about how the recent injuries will impact the Blues moving forward:
Petr Cech injured, John Terry injured. The real winners tonight are Liverpool. They face Chelsea on Sunday.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 22, 2014
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.