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Blues defender isn't going to Japan - so he won't even be able to rush the field with his kit on should the Blues win
John Terry was today ruled out of Chelsea's quest to become world
champions next week.
Rafa Benitez gave a crumb of comfort to Blues fans by revealing Frank
Lampard is back in the squad for tomorrow's game with Sunderland.
still also without hamstring victim Daniel Sturridge, had been
hopeful that skipper Terry, 32 today, would return this weekend from
the knee injury he sustained when Luis Suarez accidentally fell on
him at Stamford Bridge last month.
the interim coach was forced to discount Terry from the trip to the
Stadium of Light and tomorrow night's 12-hour flight from Newcastle
to Tokyo ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup.
said: “John Terry will not fly because the doctor was talking to me
and there's inflammation, so flying will not be the best solution. He
will not go to Japan.
first conversation we had abut Japan he was quite excited because it
was a different competition and a great opportunity.
then there was the problem with the knee and the doctor suggested it
would be better for him to stay here.
wanted to go, he wanted to help. But it'd be better for him to stay.
We don't know how long it will be before he is fit again. We'll have
to see how he reacts.
is training very hard with the physios. But the knee is a special
case because it's not a muscle.
“We have to wait and see what's happening. He knows we have to be patient. He's convinced. He received treatment yesterday. I have experience with my own knee, so he knows the process.”
least Lampard, out since pulling up with a recurrent calf strain in
the costly Champions League defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk on October 23,
is back in the travelling party.
while John Obi Mikel begins his three game ban, it is unlikely
Lampard will be thrown straight back into the fray.
added: “Frank has been training. He's in the squad for Sunderland
and will fly to Japan, too.
at least one important player is back for us. We need character, we
need numbers. Frank is an experienced player and at least we have one
the moment we have a good team and a good squad, but we needed
players with more experience. He could make a difference coming into
a squad where something's been wrong.”
was pleased with the “fantastic” intensity his side showed in
finally getting him off the mark with the midweek thrashing of
Nordsjaelland that counted for nothing as the holders slipped out of
the Champions League.
the Spaniard hopes that Fernando Torres' double against the Danish
side can spur him on to finding his best form.
needed to score, but also to play well,” said the manager. “We
need more goals from him, from Mata, Hazard, Oscar, Victor (Moses) -
all the offensive players.
“We have to create more chances as a team. It's fantastic for Fernando's confidence that he scored, but it will help everyone's confidence to score and see chances created.”
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