Chelsea captain John Terry is hopeful of playing in Tuesday’s Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain despite suffering a hamstring injury on Saturday.
Terry was replaced in the first half of Chelsea’s 5-1 win over Newcastle after clashing with Aleksandar Mitrovic, but scans reveal the 35-year-old didn’t tear his hamstring.
The defender will undergo treatment on Monday and hopes to be ready for the Blues’ third encounter against PSG in three years, according to The Sun.
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Baba Rahman replaced Terry and the Blues finished the game with a back four of Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill and Rahman. Should Terry be unable to play, it’s likely manager Guus Hiddink will select that same group on Tuesday.
The defence went largely untested on Saturday - barring Andros Townsend’s 90th minute consolation strike - but PSG are on another level to Steve McClaren’s team.
Laurent Blanc’s side drew 0-0 at home to Lille at the weekend but star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, scorer of 27 goals this season, was rested.
PSG have scored 63 goals in Ligue 1 and Chelsea’s defence is in for a big test at the Parc des Princes, with or without Terry.
It’s not surprising that the former England defender is itching to play. Following the news that he is set to leave Chelsea at the end of the season, of course Terry wants to play as many games for the club before his departure.
He joined the Blues at the age of 14 and will be desperate to ensure his final season yields a trophy. Hiddink’s side are out of the Premier League title race and the Capital One Cup, so the Champions League and FA Cup are Chelsea’s only opportunities of silverware.
PSG will prove a stern test but Chelsea are on a roll under Hiddink, extending their unbeaten streak since the Dutchman replaced Jose Mourinho in December to 12 games.
Under Hiddink, Chelsea have undergone a revival that makes them a threat despite sitting 12th in the table. Terry, Cesc Fabregas, Ivanovic and Pedro are all playing better in the second half of the season, while Diego Costa is in supreme form - the Spaniard’s strike against Newcastle was his seventh in eight games.
This week is the biggest in Chelsea’s season. Following Tuesday’s game at PSG, they host Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday. Few would bet against the Blues going all the way if they beat City given that Arsenal and Tottenham, arguably the two strongest teams remaining, have league and European commitments.
Terry will play an important role in Chelsea’s trophy pursuit. In his 18th season at Stamford Bridge, Hiddink will call upon his experience and leadership to inspire the Blues to a trophy.