TERRY OUT FOR BLUES ETI­HAD EPIC

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS - By JON WEST

CHELSEA will have to do with­out John Terry at Manch­ester City tonight – on the pitch at least.

It re­mains to be seen whether the Blues skip­per, ruled out by a knee in­jury, will still travel to East­lands to­day.

And if so he can give care­taker boss Roberto Di Mat­teo a few help­ful point­ers from the touch­line, like he did dur­ing last week’s Cham­pi­ons League game.

The de­posed Eng­land skip­per should be back for Satur­day’s show­down with Tot­ten­ham.

Di Mat­teo said: “I ex­pect JT to be OK for Satur­day, it’s only short term, we were lucky he came back so early.

At­tack­ing

“He’s a cru­cial mem­ber of our team and good leader on the pitch.”

Chelsea have won their last four games but City have won ev­ery sin­gle home game in the league this sea­son.

Yet Di Mat­teo was con­fi­dent about his side.

He said: “We are very com­pet­i­tive and we know ev­ery run comes to an end.”

“For us, it’s about pre­vent­ing the City play­ers from ex­press­ing them­selves.

“They have qual­ity play­ers all over the pitch, from de­fence right through to the at­tack­ing op­tions, so it’s dif­fi­cult to high­light one area and we will need to have a good or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

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