Terry ruled out of Liver­pool clash with foot in­jury

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JOHN Terry has been ruled out of ac­tion for “ap­prox­i­mately 10 days” by Chelsea with strained foot lig­a­ments, mean­ing the de­fender will miss Fri­day’s Pre­mier League clash against Liver­pool.

Chelsea con­firmed in a short state­ment that Terry, who picked up the in­jury in the fi­nal min­utes of Sun­day’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City and left the Lib­erty Sta­dium on crutches, will be out of ac­tion for ap­prox­i­mately 10 days.

It means the Chelsea cap­tain is def­i­nitely out of Liver­pool’s visit to Stam­ford Bridge as well as next Tues­day’s EFL Cup third-round tie against Le­ices­ter City, and faces a fight to re­cover for the Blues’ trip to the Emi­rates Sta­dium to take on Ar­se­nal on Septem­ber 24.

In Terry’s ab­sence, David Luiz is ex­pected to make his first Chelsea ap­pear­ance since fi­nal­is­ing a shock re­turn to Stam­ford Bridge af­ter two years at Paris Saint-Germain on dead­line day. The Brazil­ian, along with fel­low new ar­rival Mar­cos Alonso, was an un­used sub­sti­tute against Swansea.

Gary Cahill is ex­pected to keep his place along­side Luiz af­ter sources told ESPN FC that the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional will not be pun­ished by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion for his post­match tweets and com­ments about ref­eree An­dre Mar­riner in the wake of the Swansea draw.

Terry un­der­went im­me­di­ate treat­ment from Chelsea’s med­i­cal staff on the squad’s re­turn from south Wales on Sun­day, but swelling around the 35-year-old’s an­kle de­layed the scan that has now con­firmed the ex­tent of the in­jury.

The 35-year-old signed a new one-year con­tract at Chelsea in May af­ter a lengthy stand­off that he claimed re­quired him to ac­cept a “dif­fer­ent role” at Stam­ford Bridge, but started each of the Blues’ first four Pre­mier League matches this sea­son at the heart of An­to­nio Conte’s de­fence. — ESPNFC.

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