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John Terry to see Italian specialist over leg injury

By Dan Roan
BBC sport news correspondent

John Terry
John Terry pulled out of the England squad for the friendly with France

John Terry has flown to Italy with Chelsea's club doctor to see a specialist about his mystery leg injury, BBC Sport understands.

The England defender, 29, has been struggling with a nerve problem in his right leg which could keep him on the sidelines for months.

So far no-one has been able to identify what is wrong with the centre-back.

Terry is understood to have flown out to Italy with Chelsea doctor Bryan English on Wednesday morning.

The injury forced Terry to miss Sunday's 3-0 defeat by Sunderland and he also pulled out of England's friendly against France on Wednesday.

A Chelsea source told BBC Sport on Tuesday: "It could be months [until he's fit], although that's the pessimistic view. We don't know the root of the pain.

"He can't keep struggling, so he has to get to the source of the problem."

Terry's fellow-centre-back Alex has been ruled out for up to two months.

Chelsea revealed that the Brazilian will be out for "approximately six to eight weeks" to undergo exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his injured knee in the coming days.

Having already missed the club's matches against Fulham and Sunderland, Alex withdrew from the Brazil squad for Wednesday's friendly with Argentina.

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