Belfast Telegraph

Di Matteo gives Terry time to recover

Chelsea caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo has admitted John Terry is at risk of further damaging his cracked ribs every time he takes to the field.

Di Matteo confirmed Terry would miss Saturday's Barclays Premier League game against Wigan as the Blues look to manage the injury that left their captain struggling to breathe during Wednesday night's Champions League win over Benfica.

Terry picked up the problem in last Tuesday's quarter-final first leg in Lisbon and was able to complete that game and 90 minutes of Saturday's win at Aston Villa.

However, he was forced off after an hour on Wednesday night after taking another blow to the area, something Di Matteo acknowledged would be a danger if he continued to play during his recovery period.

"With a rib injury, it needs time to heal," he said. "Every time you get a knock, you probably go a step back."

That may explain why Di Matteo refused to put a timescale on the healing process, adding: "We're just trying to manage the injury at the moment. We'll just have to see how quickly he can recover.

"It's one of those injuries that are difficult to deal with because there's not much you can do. It's in a position where it's difficult to make it better. We need to just deal with the pain level and give him a bit of time to recover."

The loss of Terry was not the only bad news, with Di Matteo confirming Ashley Cole would sit out the Wigan match after twisting his ankle, with Frank Lampard (thigh) also a major doubt.

Di Matteo was calm about the loss of three of his stalwarts. "I have full confidence in the squad," he said.

"I've been using the squad in the past and, fortunately, this club has a lot of good players. I'm very confident that the players that will be picked for the game will give everything they can to make the team win."


From Belfast Telegraph