Terry out for weeks not months — Chelsea
Terry out for weeks not months — Chelsea
Injury cut short Terry’s return to action during the Blues’ 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.
However, a Chelsea statement said Monday: “Today’s MRI scans on John Terry’s right knee thankfully show no significant damage to the cruciate ligaments.
“Chelsea Football Club’s medical team will conduct further tests over the next two or three days once the swelling has subsided to determine how long John will be out, but it will be a matter of weeks not months.” Having to do without Terry for any length of time is still a blow to Chelsea, who have struggled defensively in their captain’s domestic four-game absence while serving a racism ban and have slipped from first to third in the Premier League.
Terry is now in line to miss the European champions’ potentially vital Champions League Group E game at Juventus, as well as league matches against West Brom and Manchester City.
He could even be a doubt for Chelsea’s Club World Cup trip to Japan early next month.
But goalkeeper Petr Cech, Chelsea’s acting captain in the absence of Terry and Frank Lampard, said the side could cope without the center-half.
“We managed to play games without him and we have players who will have a chance to impress,” he said.
“I have confidence. Obviously, it’s a pity we will lose him again but we have a large squad and quality defenders to deal with that.” Terry, in his first league match since serving a four-game ban for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in a match last season, scored against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge with a 20th-minute header.
It was the former England defender’s 50th goal in all competitions for Chelsea but he was forced to leave the fray less than 20 minutes later.
Terry went down clutching his right leg after an accidental collision with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and was carried from the field on a stretcher in the 39th minute, with Gary Cahill coming on in his place.
His departure left Chelsea down to two fit center-backs in Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic, with David Luiz sidelined by tonsilitis and Ashley Cole nursing a hamstring problem.
Uruguay international Suarez took to Twitter after the game to send Terry his best wishes.
“Hugs to Terry, I hope it’s nothing serious,” he wrote.
Iranian fans attempt to disrupt Portugal’s sleep at hotel
- Hundreds of Iranian fans spent several overnight hours surrounding the hotel where Portugal’s national team is based
- Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was filmed by Portuguese TV RTP late at night by the window using gestures to ask the Iranian fans to be silent
SARANSK: Hundreds of Iranian fans spent several overnight hours surrounding the hotel where Portugal’s national team is based, making loud noises in an attempt to disrupt their opponents’ sleep before a decisive World Cup match later Monday.
Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was filmed by Portuguese TV RTP late at night by the window using gestures to ask the Iranian fans to be silent, but Monday morning there were still a few dozen of them playing loud music near the hotel in the Saransk city center.
Iran can only advance to the next stage of the World Cup if it beats the European champions. Portugal only needs a draw, but also aims to take the top position in Group B ahead of Spain.
Saransk police said they received their first calls about the noise about 11 p.m. Sunday, when a first wave of Iran fans arrived and started singing outside the hotel. That forced Ronaldo to show up, which convinced supporters to leave.
Then a second wave came and did not stop making noise for several hours. Police then blocked roads nearby, but the main avenue across the hotel was still open, which allowed Iran fans to keep their effort in smaller numbers.
Iran fan and IT consultant Mehdi Fayez arrived Monday morning after reading messages from supporters saying they needed to trouble Portugal to stand a better chance of winning the match.
“I love Ronaldo, I love Portugal, but this is a big game. We have to do all it takes,” a still joyful Fayez said, as he held an Iranian flag on the back of his head.
Montreh Fayoud, one of the several Iranian women that are attending their first World Cup, disagreed.
“We were coming back from dinner and saw all these Iranians here. When I found the reason, I decided to leave,” she said.
At about noon on Monday Portugal players had a quick walk around the hotel, but it is uncertain whether they will walk around the city as they did before other matches in Russia.