Chelsea have confirmed that John Terry is suffering from two cracked ribs. The Blues skipper sustained the injury in Chelsea’s Champions League game against Benfica in Lisbon last week and was forced off in the second leg of the tie on Wednesday after having difficulty breathing. Being the Captain, Leader, Legend he is, JT has vowed to play on through the pain. “You can’t treat it, but I can get through games, definitely,” he insisted. It’s a good thing Chelsea don’t have to play Stoke. The chaos they create in the penalty area with the aerial bombardment is the last thing a man with broken ribs wants to deal with. But given Chelsea’s next few fixtures, Terry’s optimism is understandable.
Looking at the April fixtures, you’d have to say Terry’s ribs should remain in tact, at least until the end of the month. Wigan, Barcelona and Arsenal are all footballing sides. They like to win by playing the game in the right way: on the ground. It’s difficult to imagine Lionel Messi clattering into the Chelsea captain early on to unsettle him Kevin Davies style. Equally, you wouldn’t really describe Fulham or Spurs as teams of hulking brutes, while the adrenalin of a big FA Cup semi final and West London derby ought to see JT safely through these two fixtures. It’s the QPR game on April 29 that Terry and Chelsea ought to be wary of. The Hoops have had no fewer than six red cards this season and any side managed by Mark Hughes will not be shy when it comes to making tackles/ruffling feathers/targeting John Terry.
Plus there’s that whole Anton Ferdinand thing. Maybe Chelsea’ll rest him for this one. After all, they’ll have taken care of Barcelona by then.