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Hurt guard delays meeting John Terry to avoid 'a fuss'

The injured security guard at Stamford Bridge
Mr Rowley suffered a bruised leg in the incident

A security guard who was hit by Chelsea captain John Terry's car has delayed the player's offer to visit him saying he does not want to "cause a fuss".

Steve Rowley, 35, suffered a bruised leg as Terry drove out of the club's Stamford Bridge ground on Tuesday after a Champion's League match.

The 29-year-old footballer has spoken to Mr Rowley twice since and had offered to visit him on Thursday.

But Mr Rowley said it was "not worth the hassle", Terry's spokesman said.

Terry's 4x4 car hit the deputy security manager as he drove slowly through a crowd of fans and photographers after Chelsea's defeat by Inter Milan.

Chelsea said the player was not aware of the incident until being called at his home in Oxshott, Surrey.

'Complete accident'

Terry's spokesman Phil Hall said the former England captain called Mr Rowley on Thursday and offered to visit him.

"But he just said: 'No, don't worry about it.

John Terry at the end of Chelsea's 0-1 defeat to Inter Milan at Stamford Bridge
Terry has spoken to Mr Rowley twice since he was injured

"It's not worth the hassle, there's nothing that you can't say that you haven't already done, it'll just turn into more of a media circus if you do come",' Mr Hall said.

"John and Steve have now agreed to meet up some time in the next week at work," he added.

"I don't know what John has planned. I think he wants it to remain private.

"Steve has been told he needs to rest for a one week but he thinks he could be back at work sooner."

The player, who was breathalysed by Surrey Police and was found to have no alcohol in his blood, will also meet with officers next week.

Following the incident Mr Rowley said: "It wasn't his fault at all, it was a complete accident".

Terry was recently sacked as England captain by manager Fabio Capello following allegations he had an affair with an England team-mate's ex-girlfriend.

He is alleged to have had an affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the ex-partner of England and former Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge, who now plays for Manchester City.



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