John Terry may not play before Club World Cup, admits Rafael Benitez
Friday, 30 November 2012
*Chelsea captain John Terry could remain sidelined through injury until his side travel to the Club World Cup in the middle of next month, boss Rafael Benitez has admitted.
John Terry may face another two weeks on the sidelines following a knee injury (Picture: Daily Mail)
Terry has been out of action for nearly three weeks after picking up a knee injury in his side’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
Despite initial fears of a lengthy lay-off, Terry’s scan results were positive and it was estimated the defender could return to action in under a month.
But Benitez has admitted the former England captain may not play before Chelsea travel to Japan to compete in the Club World Cup, which begins on December 13.
‘It's a question of confidence. When you forget you have that problem in your knee is when you are ready,’ said the Spaniard.
‘He's pushing – "I want to be there, I want to be involved" – but still he will need some time.
‘It's a knee, not just a muscle. You have to see the reaction when you turn. You cannot put him in a position where he could get injured again.’
Terry will certainly miss tomorrow’s trip to London rivals West Ham and Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Nordsjaelland, with the 31-year-old remaining doubtful for next weekend’s match against Sunderland.