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Sunderland Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole ruled out for season with injury

Fletcher and Cattermole ruled out for rest of the season in massive blow for Sunderland

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

14:54 GMT, 27 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:04 GMT, 27 March 2013

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill was this afternoon dealt a devastating double blow when it was confirmed that both Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole will miss the rest of the season.

Leading scorer Fletcher suffered ankle ligament damage on international duty with Scotland last week, and midfielder Cattermole had surgery on a persistent knee problem earlier today.

Cattermole, meanwhile, has not played
for Sunderland since the 1-0 home defeat by Arsenal on February 9.

Agony: Fletcher was injured 90 seconds into Scotland's clash with Wales on Friday

Agony: Fletcher was injured 90 seconds into Scotland's clash with Wales on Friday

Lay-off: Sunderland now fear their top scorer could miss the rest of the season after an initial scan

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The statement added: 'Cattermole
underwent an operation on his knee earlier today and Fletcher sustained
ankle ligament damage whilst on international duty with Scotland.

'It is not known at this stage if
Fletcher will require an operation, with the injury requiring further
assessment in the coming weeks.

'Both players will play no further part in the Black Cats' 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season.'

The news could hardly have come at a
worse time for O'Neill, whose side find themselves firmly entrenched in
a battle for top-flight survival with eight games to
play.

They face leaders Manchester United
at the Stadium of Light on Saturday desperate to end a run of seven
league games without a victory, which has yielded just three points and
left them only four clear of the drop zone.

Fletcher in particular will be a huge
loss as he is top scorer with 11 goals.

However, having scored five in his
first four games for Sunderland following a 12million move from Wolves, he has managed only one in his last
seven, with the supply lines having dried up alarmingly.

Long-term absence: Lee Cattermole (left) has not played for the Black Cats since February

Long-term absence: Lee Cattermole (left) has not played for the Black Cats since February

Miliband stays at Sunderland

David Miliband is to remain a member of the club's board despite stepping down as MP for South Shields.

The former Labour Foreign Secretary has announced he is leaving UK politics to
take up a post with the US-based charity the International Rescue
Committee.

However, Mr Miliband, who joined the board as vice-chairman and
non-executive director in 2011, will maintain his links with the club.

Chief executive Margaret Byrne told Sunderland's official website: 'David's knowledge and experience have been a tremendous
benefit to Sunderland AFC.

'Naturally we are delighted that he is to continue in his role at the
club, and we also wish him every success with this new chapter of his
life.'

The 26-year-old was injured just two minutes into Scotland's 2-1 home defeat by Wales in Friday night's World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park and was carried from the field on a stretcher.

If he does need surgery, player and manager alike will hope he can return in time for the start of the new campaign.

O'Neill at least has January signing Danny Graham, who has played alongside Fletcher in recent weeks, at his disposal.

Cattermole has been plagued by injuries for much of his time on Wearside and has managed only two senior appearances since the end of November.

He had an injection in his injured knee several weeks ago in a bid to solve the problem once and for all, although O'Neill admitted at the time that an operation was a possibility.

Having visited his specialist again, the decision was taken to perform the surgery and write off the rest of the campaign.

Joe Cole training regime at West Ham

Cole put on special training regime at West Ham to avoid yet more injury woe

By
Laurie Whitwell

PUBLISHED:

13:42 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:46 GMT, 10 January 2013

Joe Cole will be put on a bespoke training regime to ensure the injuries which have cost him in the past will not hamper his return to West Ham.

The 31-year-old last week had a memorable second debut for the club he first joined as an academy player, but manager Sam Allardyce knows he must be fully fit to perform at his best consistently.

That could mean Cole not joining up with the squad until Thursday or Friday training sessions before a Saturday match, using the earlier part of the week to focus on injury prevention.

Cole's time at Chelsea was blighted by injury

Injury-prone: Cole's time at Chelsea was blighted by injury

The England international recovered from a hamstring injury picked up at Liverpool in October and his time at Chelsea was punctuated by problems, including an eight-month period out through knee ligament damage.

Allardyce said: ‘We’ll take that game by game. A part of everybody’s management is about managing your players for their sake.

‘It’s not always about joining in training every day of every week for me and it hasn’t been for many years now. We’ll do what’s needed with Joe, as we do with many players.

‘Lots of players don’t come together in our squad till Thursday or Friday then play on the Saturday because they need to do other things in the week to make sure they maintain their level of fitness.

‘We try to have a prevention policy rather than a cure policy. That’s been tested to the hilt recently with the amount of injuries we’ve had.’

Allardyce thinks it should be no longer than two weeks until Andy Carroll is back in action after his knee injury

Returning: Allardyce thinks it should be no longer than two weeks until Andy Carroll is back in action after his knee injury

Cole said after signing that fitness would be key.

‘The more games you play you get to a certain level and you need games to get that strength,’ he said.

Meanwhile, Allardyce believes Andy Carroll is no more than two weeks away from playing. The England striker is out with a knee injury but has started running.

‘It’s a bit difficult to put an actual time on it but I would expect it will be no longer than a couple of weeks now,’ the West Ham boss said. ‘He’s doing some straight line running and if he doesn’t feel anything then we’ll progress onto interval running and change of direction, then introduce the ball.

‘Hopefully he will come back with the players as soon as possible. It could be a few days. It could be a bit longer than that just depending on his progression day by day now.’

Alex Brown retires from rugby with shoulder injury

Gloucester and former England lock Brown forced to retire after failing to recover from shoulder injury

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UPDATED:

10:15 GMT, 20 December 2012

Retiring: Brown has called it a day

Retiring: Brown has called it a day

Gloucester's former England lock Alex Brown has been forced to retire from rugby because of a serious shoulder injury.

The 33-year-old was hurt during Gloucester's opening Aviva Premiership game of the season against Northampton.

After almost three months of rest and rehabilitation, Brown underwent complex surgery on nerve damage, but although the operation will improve his shoulder movement, it has meant an end to his playing career.

'It is stating the obvious, but I am totally gutted,' he told the club's official website.

'When the surgeon came in after the operation and told me that I would not be able to play rugby again, the news hit me hard and has been tough to deal with, especially as there has been a new dawn at Gloucester under (rugby director) Nigel Davies and I so wanted to be part of it.

'I genuinely thought that I had a few good years left in me, but it's not to be. I've had to take on board the advice I have received and what my body is telling me.'

Brown won three England caps in 2006 and 2007, and he made 227 Premiership appearances, including a competition record 87 consecutive starts.

High hopes: Brown was a top lineout operator

High hopes: Brown was a top lineout operator

'I've been incredibly lucky to spend so many years playing in the top flight, firstly with my home town team, Bristol, and then to play for so many memorable years at Gloucester,' he added.

'I have still got lots of things to focus on and enjoy for the rest of the season – my continued work with the team and the testimonial activities that the committee have kindly organised for this year.

'It will give me an opportunity to thank everyone who has been so good to me over the years.'

David Barnes, rugby director of the Rugby Players' Association, paid tribute to Brown.

International: Brown - seen here playing against South Africa in Pretoria in 2007 - picked up three Test caps for England

International: Brown – seen here playing against South Africa in Pretoria in 2007 – picked up three Test caps for England

'Alex is one of the most respected players across the Premiership for his commitment, professionalism and his understanding of the game,' Barnes said.

'The irony is not lost on us that this year Alex has generously been supporting Restart – the Rugby Players' charity – to help other players who have suffered serious injury and illness, and now he too finds himself in this position.

'We will continue to work closely with Alex as he begins to plan the next stage of his life.'

Adel Taarabt outstanding in QPR win over Fulham – Jamie Redknapp

Taarabt may frustrate at times but he was outstanding in QPR victory over Fulham

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 16 December 2012

My dad might go a bit over the top every now and then, but when he said it was one of the best individual displays he'd seen, it was hard to disagree!

Adel Taarabt may frustrate at times, but he has got genius feet. And he was in a position, just off Djibril Cisse, where he could cause maximum damage.

At the double: Taarabt scored twice in QPR's win over Fulham on Saturday

At the double: Taarabt scored twice in QPR's win over Fulham on Saturday

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Ferguson double up

It was a great weekend for the Fergusons. Sir Alex got three more points and Peterborough (managed by son Darren) pulled off the result of the weekend, with a win at Cardiff.

Their respective results will be the first they look for and they will be desperate for each other to succeed.

Jones a golden wonder

Phil Jones is pure gold. He's a utility player who reminds me of my old team-mate Steve Nicol. He is a great athlete, can tackle, burst forward, create and score.

Long-term, I see him as a centre half but I'm sure Sir Alex has his own ideas. England will also be interested in where he ends up. Now he needs to stay fit and get a run of games.

Christian soldiers on

What a player Christian Benteke is. He is such an all-rounder and you can play direct to him or little one-twos.

And huge credit to Paul Lambert. There have been question marks from some, but he's proving people wrong. He insists on playing the right way and outfoxed Brendan Rodgers.

Brace yourself: Benteke netted a double in Aston Villa's win over Liverpool

Brace yourself: Benteke netted a double in Aston Villa's win over Liverpool

Play the dynamic duo

Roberto Mancini needs to be selfish now and play Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez together all the time. That's 13 times they have started together and City have won them all.

Their movement is great so stick with them… it's not rocket science! It was a pivotal result for City and may give them the belief that they can retain their crown.

Sergio Aguero

Carlos Tevez

Double act: City have won 13 games when Aguero and Tevez have played together

Hear it for the Moyes

Although what Marouane Fellaini did was mindblowing, David Moyes went up even more in my estimation.

Some managers would insult our intelligence and say they didn't see it but he said Fellaini deserves everything he gets.

Mindblowing: The Belgian international lost his cool against Stoke

Mindblowing: The Belgian international lost his cool against Stoke

Centres of attention

A tale of two centre halves at Spurs. Swansea's Ashley Williams was superb. And to think he was a 400,000 signing from Stockport County. He's 28 and at his peak so top-four clubs may come circling.

And Jan Vertonghen, who netted 10 times for Ajax last season, is like a forward in the opposition box

Terry is much missed

Can you imagine that Corinthians goal being scored if John Terry was playing Whereas David Luiz, Ashley Cole and Ramires stood on the line like statues, JT would have been out in a split second to clear or at least get in a challenge.

Nemanja Vidic plays for Manchester United after injury

'Warrior' Vidic returns to action to delight Ferguson and the Old Trafford faithful

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UPDATED:

22:23 GMT, 15 December 2012

Nemanja Vidic made his return from injury during Manchester United's 3-1 win over Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday and received a rousing reception.

The Red Devils back-line has looked exceptionally leaky this season without him and their manager was delighted the Serbian was back in business.

Sir Alex Ferguson said: 'He is a warrior and a captain who has always battled for you. He sticks his head on the ball in that penalty box and he’s great at that.'

In command: Nemanja Vidic made a welcome return from injury for Manchester United

In command: Nemanja Vidic made a welcome return from injury for Manchester United

Nice to see you: Rio Ferdinand high-fives United team-mate Vidic

Nice to see you: Rio Ferdinand high-fives United team-mate Vidic

Vidic, 31, had played just five games for the club over the past year.

He sustained knee ligament damage last season when playing against Basel in the Champions League and suffered further setbacks this term.

Funnily enough, United conceded after Vidic came on as a substitute in the 68th minute for Rio Ferdinand.

Fraizer Campbell scored four minutes after his introduction and Sunderland could have even added to their tally after that.

Ferguson was furious that the visitors had been allowed several chances which could have cost United the game.

'Sunderland could have had two or three towards the end; it could have been embarrassing,' said the United manager.

'For an hour we were fantastic,' Ferguson continued. 'I don't know if we relaxed or Sunderland picked up the baton 20 minutes from time.

'They could have scored two or three goals. But Sunderland deserved a goal because they worked so hard for it. They had a lot of energy in the second half. They have a youngish team and kept going.'

Young defender Chris Smalling was also pleased his more experienced colleague returned to action.

'It's brilliant to see him back,' said Smalling. 'He's been training really well and we've got real strength in numbers now because we've been a bit stretched, particularly in defence.'

Warrior: Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Vidic (below) for his defensive tenacity

Warrior: Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Vidic (below) for his defensive tenacity

Nemanja Vidic

Nemanja Vidic

Funeral of Dutch linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen

Funeral of Dutch linesman beaten to death by three teens during amateur football match takes place

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UPDATED:

15:01 GMT, 10 December 2012

Members of Dutch soccer club SC Buitenboys, dressed in the club’s blue and white strip, paid their respects to linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen, who was allegedly beaten to death by players of SV Nieuw Sloten earlier this month.

The club lay roses on the hearse as it arrived at the crematory in Almere, Holland.

Three teenaged males have been charged with manslaughter, assault and public violence after the atrocious attack that shocked the country.

Last respects: Players of SC Buitenboys, dressed in the club's colors blue and white, pay their respects to Nieuwenhuizen

Last respects: Players of SC Buitenboys, dressed in the club's colors blue and white, pay their respects to Nieuwenhuizen

Mr Nieuwenhuizen's team, Buitenboys, have not announced the exact cause of his death, but Dutch TV station RTL said he had brain damage.

The linesman left after Sunday’s match and was not aware anything was wrong. He returned to his club later that night and collapsed.

After the incident, the Dutch Football Association, the KNVB, cancelled all amateur games after the incident, while professional matches were preceded by a minute's silence with all players and referees wearing black armbands.

Shock: Nieuwenhuizen died after being attacked by three young males

Shock: Nieuwenhuizen died after being attacked by three young males

Shock: Nieuwenhuizen died after being attacked by three young males

At the time KNVB director of professional football Bert van Oostveen said: 'It is inconceivable that anything like this occurs on a football field.

'These are the volunteers that we build our sport on, that we cannot do without. Without respect, no football.

'That is why we in professional football want to show our support in this terrible situation.

'Our thoughts go out to the family of Richard Nieuwenhuizen.'

Respects: All amatuer game swere cancelled in Holland after the tragedy

Respects: All amatuer game swere cancelled in Holland after the tragedy

Sunderland"s Lee Cattermole out for two months injured

Sunderland's survival hopes dealt blow after Cattermole is ruled out for two months

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UPDATED:

11:04 GMT, 7 December 2012

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has confirmed he expects captain Lee Cattermole to be sidelined for the next two months with a knee injury.

The midfielder hobbled off during Sunderland's goalless draw with QPR last month after suffering suspected medial ligament damage and travelled to London to see a specialist.

Cattermole is now likely to be out until early February, which could see him miss as many as 12 matches as Sunderland bid to pull away from the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

Crocked: Lee Cattermole has been ruled out for two months through injury

Crocked: Lee Cattermole has been ruled out for two months through injury

O'Neill is now considering whether to recall midfielder David Meyler, who is on loan at Hull until the start of next month.

The Black Cats boss said of Cattermole: 'He'll probably be about another two months. I knew the news wouldn't be too good. It could have been worse but obviously it could have been better.'

There was better news on striker Steven Fletcher and defender John O'Shea, with both in contention for tomorrow's clash against Chelsea at the Stadium of Light.

Sidelined: Cattermole's injury is a blow to a struggling Sunderland side

Sidelined: Cattermole's injury is a blow to a struggling Sunderland side

O'Shea has trained this week after recovering from a calf problem while leading scorer Fletcher was substituted at half-time in last weekend's defeat by Norwich because of an ankle injury.

O'Neill said: 'He's (Fletcher) seen the specialist this week and he's done some remedial work, and we'll see how he is towards the end of the day.

'He's important to us obviously. He's had a fine season and he's scored a few goals for us but we can't place all the emphasis on one or two players.'

Three teenagers to be charged with manslaughter by for allegedly taking part in an attack on a linesman in Holland

Three teenagers to be charged with manslaughter after attack on a linesman in Holland

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UPDATED:

18:33 GMT, 4 December 2012

Three teenagers will be charged with manslaughter by Dutch prosecutors for allegedly taking part in an attack on a linesman at a youth football match.

Volunteer linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen died in hospital on Monday, a day after he was beaten and kicked by players from Amsterdam team Nieuw Sloten.

Mr Nieuwenhuizen’s son had been playing in the game, which was held in the town of Almere.

Shock: Members of the soccer club Buitenboys are briefed by board members after the death of a linesman

Shock: Members of the soccer club Buitenboys are briefed by board members after the death of a linesman

Attack: Richard Nieuwenhuizen died after being attacked by three teenagers

Attack: Richard Nieuwenhuizen died after being attacked by three teenagers

And prosecutors said the three males, two 15 and one 16, would be arraigned on Thursday on charges of manslaughter, assault and public violence. Their identities were not released.

Mr Nieuwenhuizen’s team, Buitenboys, have not announced the exact cause of his death, but Dutch TV station RTL said he had brain damage.

Mr Nieuwenhuizen left after Sunday’s match and was not aware anything was wrong. He returned to his club later that night and collapsed.

‘You can’t believe this could happen. That kids of 15 or 16 are playing football, you come to watch and see something like that,’ said Buitenboys chairman Marcel Oost.

Tribute: Flowers are left on the side of the pitch

Tribute: Flowers are left on the side of the pitch

‘He did it every week. He enjoyed doing it. He was a real football man – he was always here.’

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in a statement he was ‘deeply shocked’ by Mr Nieuwenhuizen’s death.

‘I would like to express my sadness and distress on hearing of the death of assistant referee Richard Nieuwenhuizen,’ he said.

‘I was deeply shocked to learn of this tragic incident.

‘Football is a mirror of society and, sadly, the same ills that afflict society – in this case violence – also manifest themselves in our game.

Sadness: The whole of Dutch football is shocked by the news

Sadness: The whole of Dutch football is shocked by the news

‘Nevertheless, I remain convinced that football – through the example set by the tireless efforts of people like Mr Nieuwenhuizen – is a force for good, and we must continue use its positive example to educate people against these wrongs.’

Dutch sports minister Edith Schippers said: ‘It is absolutely terrible that something like this can happen on a Dutch sports field.’

Meanwhile, all amateur fixtures in Holland have been postponed this weekend as a mark of respect to Mr Nieuwenhuizen.

Respect: Buitenboys fly their flag at half mast

Respect: Buitenboys fly their flag at half mast

The Dutch Football Association, the KNVB, announced all amateur games this weekend have been called off while professional matches will be preceded by a minute’s silence with all players and referees involved wearing black armbands.

KNVB director of professional football Bert van Oostveen said: ‘It is inconceivable that anything like this occurs on a football field.

‘These are the volunteers that we build our sport on, that we cannot do without. Without respect, no football.

‘That is why we in professional football want to show our support in this terrible situation.

‘Our thoughts go out to the family of Richard Nieuwenhuizen.’

John Terry injury latest: Scan reveals no ligament damage

Chelsea relief as Terry scan reveals NO ligament damage but captain is still out for at least two weeks

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UPDATED:

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.

SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM SUNDAY'S GAME

Horror clash: Terry was taken off injured after a collision with Luis Suarez

Horror clash: Terry was taken off injured after a collision with Luis Suarez

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

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
knee.

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

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.

Sportsmail has
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

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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John Terry injury latest: Chelsea relief as scan reveals NO ligament damage but captain is still out for at least two weeks

Chelsea relief as Terry scan reveals NO ligament damage but captain is still out for at least two weeks

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UPDATED:

16:44 GMT, 12 November 2012

The scan on John Terry's right knee has revealed no ligament damage.

The Chelsea captain will be out for a minimum of a fortnight but he could face a six-week lay-off after a horrific collision with Luis Suarez.

Sportsmail has 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.

A club statement read: 'Today's MRI scans on John Terry's right knee thankfully show no significant damage to the cruciate ligaments.

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Horror clash: Terry was taken off injured after a collision with Luis Suarez

Horror clash: Terry was taken off injured after a collision with Luis Suarez

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

Fears: It was thought that Terry's season could have been over

'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.'

Terry, at the time, thought he had
seriously damaged his knee, but medics have confirmed that he was
fortunate that both his feet were not planted and that appears to have
saved his season.

The 31-year-old's knee hyper-extended but not to the extent that his ligaments were stretched or torn.

A source close to the former England
captain this afternoon revealed that doctors estimate it will take two
days for the swelling to subside and only then can a full diagnosis be
made.

Scan: Terry was seen on crutches walking across the pitch after the game

Scan: Terry was seen on crutches walking across the pitch after the game

An accidental clash with Suarez during the 1-1 draw with Liverpool left Terry clutching his right knee in agony and he was carried off amid fears his season was over.

Terry
was seen looking relaxed and smiling before he left the stadium on
Sunday night on crutches and wearing a protective knee brace.

Chelsea
manager Roberto Di Matteo had expressed the fear that his captain had
suffered serious knee ligament damage after heading his team ahead with
the 50th goal of his club career.

The
draw means Chelsea have taken two points from three games and trail
Premier League leaders Manchester United by three points.

Terry, playing for the first time since his four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, started alongside Branislav Ivanovic because David Luiz had tonsillitis.

Suarez salvaged what Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers called ‘a terrific point’ with his 11th goal in 16 games.

Di Matteo said: ‘It was a poor goal to concede. Ramires was with Suarez and he pushed him away to create that bit of space for himself. Sometimes the refs notice.’ Sometimes they don’t.

Off to a flyer: Terry scored the opening goal on Sunday afternoon

Off to a flyer: Terry scored the opening goal on Sunday afternoon

Later, on Twitter, Suarez said: ‘Hugs to Terry, I hope it’s nothing serious.’

Liverpool extended their unbeaten run to six Premier League games but they are still in the bottom half.

‘We need one or two more players,’ said Rodgers.

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