Chelsea may select injured captain John Terry even before his two broken ribs have fully healed, interim manager Roberto Di Matteo has admitted, because the stand-in boss feels the team cannot go without his leadership qualities, the
Terry broke two of his ribs in Chelsea’s 1-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win over Benfica in late March, yet played 90 minutes against Aston Villa days later and an hour of the second-leg against the Portuguese side on Wednesday. But Terry had to be withdrawn after suffering a further blow to the already-tender region that left him struggling to breathe.
The Guardian says that while Di Matteo “understands Terry needs time to heal”, the former Chelsea midfielder “cannot help but feel a craving to call upon the influential figure”. Terry will not be involved on Saturday when Chelsea host Wigan Athletic, but with an FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur next week and a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona shortly after that, the 31-year-old England international may be asked to play through the pain barrier again this season.
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