Chelsea's Bad Week Gets Worse: John Terry Ruled Out Indefinitely

Jon FeatonbyCorrespondent INovember 16, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22:  Patrick van Aanholt (R) of Chelsea is congratulated by his captain John Terry (L) after scoring the opening goal during the Carling Cup third round match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on September 22, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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What's the last piece of news that you want to hear just days after a shock 3-0 home defeat to an inferior squad?

Perhaps that your talismanic captain could miss the next few months through injury.

Chelsea have confirmed today that John Terry, who missed the Sunderland loss, is seeing specialists to try to find a solution for the mysterious nerve problems he has been experiencing in his right leg.

While there is no definitive answer as to how long Chelsea will have to do without Terry's services, there is speculation that it could be months.

On top of this, Terry's centre-back partner Alex will miss six to eight weeks as the Brazilian is due to undergo knee surgery later this week.

This means that Chelsea could well be without both their first choice centre-backs for the testing Christmas period.

They face a London derby away at Spurs on 12 December, followed by a home game against Manchester United a week later. Then, on 27 December, they travel to Arsenal to cap a period which could make or break their Premier League challenge.

Manager Carlo Ancelloti has already had to deal with injuries to Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba's malaria scare, while Michael Essien is currently serving a suspension.

Branislav Ivanovic will now have to be deployed in the centre of defence and his immediate partner isn't obvious. Paulo Ferreira filled in as an emergency centre back against Sunderland, but he is unlikely to provide a long-term solution at the position.

Essien has previously played at the back, but the defence that looked so hard to break just weeks ago now looks vulnerable.