Chelsea Captain John Terry is set to miss Chelsea’s clash with Manchester City in the FA Cup this weekend.
The 35-year-old suffered a hamstring injury against Newcastle United last weekend. While the initial suggestions suggested that he could be back for this weekend, Guus Hiddink has claimed that the Englishman is facing a short spell on the sidelines which won’t help Chelsea’s chances of success in the game.
“He will not be fit for this weekend,” the interim Chelsea manager said.
“I just happened to see him, he worked with the physios. Yesterday he was trying a bit on the pitch but he still has too many problems to be fit for the weekend.”
When asked about when Terry will return, Guus Hiddink was coy as he refused to put a timeline on his return.
He said that he is hopeful that Terry will return but it all depends upon the fitness of the player.
“We have a week, I hope next weekend he will be available. I cannot predict it but we have to be a bit cautious with him as well because he likes to be there every day. We must be careful. Maybe next weekend.”
In addition to the absence of John Terry, the Blues will also be without the likes of Kurt Zouma. The Frenchman broken his leg last month and is set to miss a major portion of this season.
Amid such injury fears, there is no doubt the game against Manchester City is a season defining fixture this weekend.
However, Guus Hiddink refused to use injuries as an excuse as he vowed to take the competition seriously.
When asked about any changes that he would make to the first team, here is what Guus Hiddink had to offer: “Not many or hardly because we take this very seriously, We have a serious approach to the FA Cup. We will take [City] and the FA Cup very seriously.”