Sky journalist gives update on senior player fitness ahead of Liverpool showdown v Chelsea

By Tony Hughes

John Terry has given Chelsea a boost ahead of their showdown against Liverpool on Friday night, according to a reliable journalist.

Sky Sports anchorman Jim White has reported that Terry did not suffer a fracture when he injured his ankle in the Londoners’ 2-2 draw against Swansea on Sunday.

The Chelsea skipper was pictured leaving the Liberty Stadium on crutches and the Daily Mail claimed that he was a serious doubt for the Liverpool clash.

But White took to his personal Twitter account on Tuesday morning to claim that Terry will be “out for days not weeks” in what is a major boost to Antonio Conte’s team.

Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge on Friday for the 8pm kick-off, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, and the unavailability of Terry would severely weaken Chelsea’s back line.

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The former England international has started in all four Premier League fixtures for Conte’s side in the new campaign.

It remains to be seen whether Terry will be able to take his place in the line-up, or whether David Luiz could make his first appearance since his return to England and Chelsea in the summer.

Chelsea have conceded six goals in their five appearances in all competitions this season, only managing to keep one clean sheet in a 3-0 victory over Burnley.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have not been short of goals in attack.

The Reds have bagged 14 goals from their opening five matches in all competitions, with the most recent 4-1 win over Premier League champions Leicester adding to their rich scoring run.

Jurgen Klopp started with Daniel Sturridge, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in a three-man attack against the Foxes and the German manager could opt for the same strike force against Chelsea, with star man Philippe Coutinho also in the squad.

In other Liverpool team news, Match of the Day viewers selected Sadio Mane’s goal against Arsenal as the August goal of the month.