Terry out for three weeks as Chelsea boss Di Matteo breathes sigh of relief
14:28 GMT, 16 November 2012
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo received a boost with the news that John Terry will only be out for three weeks following his collision with Luis Suarez in last weekend's draw against Liverpool.
The Chelsea captain was carried off on a stretcher at Stamford Bridge and there were initial fears he could be out for a long time.
Terry hurt his knee after falling awkwardly in the accidental collision with the Reds striker.
Committed: John Terry and Luis Suarez went flying into each other at Stamford Bridge
Nasty: Terry's leg bent as he went down following the clash with Suarez
Di Matteo said 'With JT, we're looking at approximately three weeks. Fortunately, it's not as bad as we first thought. It's an MCL (medial cruciate ligament) strain.
'On the one hand we're obviously pleased it's not as bad as first feared. On the other hand we're disappointed we're losing him again after he just got back.
'It's a crucial period of the season for us, too. So that's a shame. It will depend on the progress of his rehab. We'll do everything to speed it up, but it depends how he reacts as well.'
Worry: Terry looked to be in agony as he lay on the ground at Stamford Bridge
Terry had given Chelsea the lead against Brendan Rodgers' side before Suarez pounced with the equaliser.
The former England captain had just returned to action after serving a four-match ban for using racist language towards Anton Ferdinand in a match against QPR last year.
Meanwhile, Di Matteo played down talk of Frank Lampard leaving Chelsea for China following reports the veteran midfielder was in talks with Guizhou Renhe over a January move.
Concerned: Roberto Di Matteo was alarmed as Terry left the pitch on a stretcher
The Italian said: 'Not as far as I'm aware, but there'll always be speculation about Frank. There were rumours about the MLS as well. I'm not aware of any dialogue.'
On whether the 34-year-old will be offered a new deal in west London, Di Matteo said: 'I hope so. But ultimately that's between the player and the club to agree a new arrangement.
'I'm not aware how the discussions are going at the moment. If there's a willingness from both sides, he will remain with us. I don't know (for how long). That's for them to arrange.
'He's been a fantastic player for us over a decade, so it would be nice for him to finish his career here. I can't put a figure on that at the moment.'
Started so well: Terry headed Chelsea in front against Liverpool