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Carlo Ancelotti plays down John Terry lay-off fears

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti and captain John Terry
Ancelotti said he had recommended a specialist in Italy for Terry to visit

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti says John Terry's leg muscle injury remains a problem but does not expect him to be out for as long as first feared.

There were rumours that Terry could face months out but Ancelotti said the situation changes "day-to-day".

"He has pain. He will not be involved tomorrow [against Birmingham] but, maybe, he'll be able to play in the next game," said Ancelotti.

"We're not satisfied but we hope we're able to put him in condition to play."

Terry went to see a specialist in Italy about the problem with his piriformis muscle and Ancelotti said work was still needed to get the England defender up to full fitness.


"We have to work on this problem," he said.

"It's not true that he'll be out 'for a month'. He went to Italy because I recommended him to go. He was the best doctor for the back and I worked with him for years.

"It depends day-by-day with John.

"I don't remember how many times I was 100% fit when I played. You often have problems."

The 29-year-old was forced to miss last Sunday's 3-0 home loss to Sunderland and England's midweek friendly defeat by France because of the problem.

Ancelotti also revealed there was better news about fellow defender Alex.

The Brazilian centre-back needs exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his injured knee and was expected to be out for up to two months because of the problem, which forced him out of Chelsea's two most recent games against Fulham and Sunderland, and Brazil's game with Argentina.

He still needs an operation but is fit to play against Birmingham on Saturday.

"We know he needs surgery but we can procrastinate for this. There's no risk, but his knee needs to be clean," said the coach.

"It will be good to have him back. We didn't play well last week, played a poor game.

"It was the first time in my period here, so we need to move on immediately and have a reaction.

"The reaction will not be because we have got Alex back. We'll have a reaction if everyone works for the team, works hard and shows a good mental attitude and fighting spirit.

"Our aim is to play well, better than we did against Sunderland. We want to forget Sunderland with a fantastic performance."

Ancelotti also said that how Terry and Alex's injuries progressed would decide whether he was active in the transfer market in January.

"It depends what happens with Alex and in the next few days with John Terry.

"Obviously, if both players are not able to play for a long time, I think we have to think about this. But just in that case."

Chelsea are also currently without midfielder Frank Lampard, who has had a string of injuries, while Ivorian striker Didier Drogba is playing on despite a recent bout of malaria.

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Birmingham 1-0 Chelsea
20 Nov 10 |  Premier League
Trio pull out of England friendly
14 Nov 10 |  Football
Ancelotti bemoans 'worst' display
14 Nov 10 |  Premier League
Chelsea 0-3 Sunderland
14 Nov 10 |  Premier League
Lampard suffers fresh injury blow
12 Nov 10 |  Chelsea
Drogba fit despite malaria scare
09 Nov 10 |  Chelsea
Chelsea 1-0 Fulham
10 Nov 10 |  Premier League

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