Chelsea relief as Terry scan reveals NO ligament damage but captain is still out for at least two weeks
21:12 GMT, 12 November 2012
John Terry has told friends of his relief after a scan confirmed no serious damage to the knee he injured against Liverpool on Sunday.
Terry initially feared he had suffered a season-ending injury when his right leg was trapped and twisted in a collision with Luis Suarez during the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.
But the Chelsea captain hopes he could be fit in time to lead Chelsea into their first FIFA Club World Cup next month.
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Horror clash: Terry was taken off injured after a collision with Luis Suarez
Fears: It was thought that Terry's season could have been over
An MRI scan showed there is no great
damage apart from inflammation caused by the impact, which
hyper-extended the joint, flexing it the wrong way.
But doctors told the 31- year-old he
had been lucky his studs were not planted in the turf when the collision
occurred or he would almost certainly have snapped the ligaments in his
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech feared
the worst when he saw the collision but said yesterday: 'He was unlucky
to get injured but lucky. When somebody of 60 or 70 kilos lands on your
leg, it can be very damaging. Normally with JT, you see his face and
know he will be alright, but you saw straight away it was impossible for
him to continue.'
Scan: Terry was seen on crutches walking across the pitch after the game
Terry's right knee caused him
problems earlier this year, when he needed surgery to clean out
cartilage debris and was out for six weeks. Chelsea's Club World Cup campaign gets under way in Japan on December 13.
learned that the club will not know for certain until the swelling on
his right leg has calmed down, but both the player and Chelsea officials
are hugely relieved at the news.
Off to a flyer: Terry scored the opening goal on Sunday afternoon
A club statement read: 'Today's MRI
scans on John Terry's right knee thankfully show no significant damage
to the cruciate ligaments.
'Chelsea Football Club's medical team
will conduct further tests over the next two or three days once the
swelling has subsided to determine how long John will be out, but it
will be a matter of weeks not months.'
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