LONDON — Chelsea captain John Terry will be out for around three weeks through injury, manager Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed.
Report by BBC Sport
Terry (31) hurt his knee in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool last Sunday.
He had a scan on suspected ligament damage on Monday, but Di Matteo says the damage is not significant.
“With Terry, we’re looking at approximately three weeks out, fortunately it’s not as bad as we first thought,” he said.
Terry scored on his return from a four-match ban but was carried off after an accidental collision with Luis Suarez.
Terry’s goal came in the 20th minute but a collision with the Liverpool striker on 39 minutes forced him to be carried off on a stretcher. He later left Stamford Bridge on crutches with his right knee in a brace.
“Terry’s injury was unfortunate as he looked sharp and gave the team a lot of confidence, but you have to deal with injuries,” added Di Matteo.
With David Luiz out of action with tonsillitis, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic are the Blues’ only fit centre-backs.
Following his decision not to contest a ban for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during a match in October 2011, Terry was suspended for league matches against Tottenham, Manchester United and Swansea, as well as a League Cup fourth-round tie against Manchester United.