John Terry has revealed that he has not been fully fit for the last five years, according to ESPN.
The Chelsea captain missed England’s friendly with France on Wednesday as well as the Blues’ 3-0 home defeat to Sunderland on Sunday with a nerve problem in his right leg, and it is feared the complaint could keep him out for months.
However, he has told reporters that he is no longer willing to spend his retirement in a wheelchair counting his medals. He told the Daily Mail: “The last time I played fit? Maybe five years, maybe more. I can’t really remember. If you can take an anti-inflammatory and struggle through, you do. A lot of players would tell you that, and it happens most weeks. Games are not so bad because the adrenaline keeps you going, but training on a daily basis when every time you move it hurts – that is a real battle.”
Malouda: Team must step-up.
Florent Malouda has called for the rest of the Chelsea squad to step up and take more responsibility in the absence of captain John Terry. The French international has also acknowledged that the coming Premier League matches will be tough for the champions as they are missing several key personnel in the forms of Frank Lampard, Alex, Terry and Michael Essien is also suspended for the next game with Birmingham.
According to Sky Sports, Malouda said: “This is a difficult moment for us because we have to carry on without a lot of players who are injured. These are important players because they are our leaders. Now we have to trust our squad to deal with these problems.”
Dortmund rule out Subotic sale.
Chelsea have been told they won’t be able to solve their defensive crisis in January with the signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Neven Subotic.
In the long-term absences of John Terry and Alex, boss Carlo Ancelotti is thought to have identified the £20m rated 6’4 Serbian international as an ideal signing.
However, according to Mirror Football the player’s agent Steve Kelly said: “There is absolutely no chance of Neven leaving Dortmund in January. It doesn’t matter who comes in for him. He is extremely happy there at the moment and won’t be going anywhere for the time-being.”