Chelsea have released a statement saying that captain John Terry will be out for ‘weeks not months’ as an MRI scan showed “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,” the statement said.
The 31 year old picked up the injury in yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in his first match back since being suspended for the incident with Anton Ferdinand last season.
Terry scored Chelsea’s only goal of the game from a corner in the 20th minute but was stretchered off grimacing and covering his face after a collision with Liverpool’s scorer Luis Suarez five minutes before half time.
The retired England defender’s lay-off means that the Champions League holders enter next week’s clash with Premier Leagur champions Manchester City with only Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic fit in the centre of defence as David Luiz is recovering from tonsilitis.