Chelsea blow as star man emerges as doubt for PSG showdown
By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
John Terry is a growing doubt for Chelsea’s Champions League showdown against Paris Saint-Germain after being ruled out of the club’s next two Premier League matches.
Manager Guus Hiddink confirmed on Friday that the Blues skipper would not play against Southampton on Saturday or Norwich next Tuesday.
Terry has missed Chelsea’s last two matches after hobbling out of the team’s 5-1 win over Newcastle on 13 February with a hamstring injury.
Speaking at his media briefing, Hiddink said Terry has returned to light training but stressed that he wants to be cautious to ensure his captain does not suffer any setbacks.
“He will not be fit,” Hiddink said of Terry. “He’s still in treatment. Every now and then he is in the gym, doing exercises on the pitch, but not fit.
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“We want to be careful with this kind of injury. When you have something in the tendon or hamstring sometimes you think as a player or manager he appears to be good, but you must be careful. I’m in favour to wait even when everyone is saying he’s OK, two or three days more.
“We have Norwich on Tuesday, so we’ll see whether he will be available and playing fit for Stoke at the weekend.”
Chelsea host PSG at Stamford Bridge in the second leg of their last-16 clash four days after the Stoke match and Hiddink will be anxious that Terry is fully recovered for the team’s most important match of the season.
The 2012 Champions league winners lost the first leg in Paris 2-1.