Guus Hiddink has revealed that John Terry is ruled out of Chelsea’s FA Cup clash with Manchester City on Sunday.
The Blues captain limped out off during their emphatic 5-1 victory over Newcastle last weekend with a hamstring injury and was absent during their Champions League clash against PSG on Tuesday, where they lost 2-1.
And caretaker boss Hiddink told reporters that he won’t be able to call upon his skipper once again for the fifth round tie this weekend.
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“John Terry will not be fit, I have seen him, He has worked with the physio. He tried, but he has too many issues,” Hiddink told reporters.
“We have to be cautious. Maybe next weekend. He is the leader, he is the leader of the club and this team.
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“But I’m not going to complain, the guys who are playing in the centre of defence have my full confidence.”
Terry’s centre-back partner for the majority of the season, Kurt Zouma, has been ruled out for six months after it was revealed that he injured his anterior cruciate ligament.
The 21-year-old had played 23 matches in the Premier League this season, forming a solid understanding with the 35-year-old.
But with Zouma and Terry ruled out for the clash against City, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic are likely to line-up in central defence.
The pair faced Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co. in midweek but succumbed to a late Edison Cavani winner.
Terry’s long-term future at the club remains in serious doubt as Chelsea appear to have held off contract talks with the defender.
Terry has been at the club since the age of 14, making 705 appearances for the Blues in all competitions. But he recently released a statement saying he will be leaving the club at the end of the season after they decided not to offer him a new contract.
However, the club have insisted they are yet to decide on Terry’s future stating that they want to wait until their new manager is confirmed.
Realistic chance for glory
Terry will be watching on from the sidelines as Chelsea take on City in their only realistic chance to win silverware this season. Hiddink’s men are 12th in the Premier League and face a tricky test to overturn their Champions League defeat to PSG in the second leg.
However, Manchester City are in a totally different situation.
The Citizens travel to Kiev for their Champions League tie on Wednesday while they face Liverpool in next weekend’s Capital One Cup.
They also have ground to make up in the title race after their 2-1 defeat to Tottenham, as they are six points behind table-toppers Leicester and four behind both Arsenal and Spurs.
Chelsea may be the beneficiaries of this situation with City likely to field a weakened team at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.