Chelsea will be without captain John Terry for their trip to the Liberty Stadium, but the problem is not related to Terry’s court case on Wednesday The
Terry’s legal team are expected to plead not guilty to the allegations and the case will be adjourned for six to eight weeks. The 31 year old has been suffering from fluid in the knee sustained when he collided with a post against Portsmouth in the third round of the FA Cup. Terry continued in that game, but Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has taken the decision to rest the defender amid the injury. New signing Gary Cahill is expected to make his debut in the absence of Terry and Villas-Boas insists the injury is not serious.
The Blues boss said: ‘It’s nothing serious but something to keep an eye on. He has had an MRI scan before and should be OK to for Man United [on Sunday].’
Midfielder Frank Lampard has failed to recover from his calf problem and will miss the game at the Liberty Stadium, which leaves Villas-Boas with a selection dilemma. Ramires is out for three to four weeks after damaging medial ligaments during the FA Cup win at Loftus Road on Saturday and John Obi Mikel is also absent. Villas-Boas has added young playmaker Lucas Piazon to his first team squad and may also have to start Michael Essien, who has just completed his comeback from a serious knee injury.
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