John Terry says that the reason he left the game against Benfica last night was that he is struggling to breathe during games after cracking two ribs against Benfica in the first leg in Lisbon.
Terry played the full 90 minutes against Aston Villa at the weekend, but he he was forced off after an hour of the sceond leg last night.
It is a tough time for Terry to get injured as Chelsea have huge cup games coming up in the FA Cup and Champions League plus they need to move past Spurs into fourth place for that final Champions League place.
JT though insists he will plan on despite the pain saying after Wednesday night’s win over Benifca:
“I couldn’t breathe and my chest was closing up. I was having a difficult time out there, especially in the first half. Hopefully, I’ll be okay.
“I don’t know how long I’ll be out. I will have a scan and we will see where we go from there. It’s just horrible.
“When you get one in the ribs, you can’t do anything about it, you can’t treat it, you just have let it heal, but I can get through games definitely.
“I thought it was okay but, later in the second half, it just seemed to be getting worse and I was struggling to breathe.
“It was difficult. I have never felt anything like that before.”
The injury problems to Terry underscore the importance of signing Gary Cahill during the January transfer window. At least Chelsea have a dependable center half they can slot in besides Luiz without having a play a full back out of position and center back.