Its official, Chelsea team captain John Terry is out of Chelsea’s Champions League match with Paris Saint-Germaine on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old captain is unlikely to be ready for his team’s second leg Champions League round of 16 match with PSG after making slow progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury, team manager Guus Hiddink confirmed.
“When he is ready to do so, maybe on Tuesday, he will play in a practice match, but I don’t think he will make it. Hopefully, let’s see what can be done for next weekend,” Hiddink said, via the Mirror.
The 35-year-old central defender and team captain will miss the team’s upcoming Champions League match after picking up injury in their clash with Newcastle United on February.
Terry has also missed Chelsea’s last five matches after sustaining the injury in Chelsea 5-1 victory over Newcastle last month. The captain also missed Chelsea’s first leg, 2-1 loss to PSG at the Parc des Princes.
The Chelsea captain, who is out of contract at the end of this season, posted a heartfelt message on the internet describing how much it “hurt” not to be involved in the Champions League.
Guus Hiddink has been hopeful about his captain’s return, hoping to include him in their upcoming Champions League match. But things are not looking good for the former England team captain now. He will need to look ahead to Saturday’s FA Cup quarter final at Everton for his return.
Hiddink fears his captain legend has run out of time to recover from a hamstring injury to lead the assault on the upcoming Champions League match with PSG. As a result, Hiddink was forced to shelve his plan to include Terry in a seven-a-side practice match to prove his fitness at the weekend.
Hiddink said Chelsea will need to get things better against PSG, 23 points clear in the French procession. Chelsea currently trails PSG after the French side beats Chelsea 2-1 in their first-leg match at the Parc des Princes.
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