Guus Hiddink confirms defender won’t be fit for Paris Saint-Germain tie
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has confirmed John Terry won’t be fit in time to face Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.
The centre-back was expected to make his return from injury during the second-leg of the last-16 clash, but speaking after his side’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City on Saturday, Hiddink confirmed the defender still wasn’t ready.
Chelsea are looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit in the Champions League following their defeat in Paris, but they will have to do so without their commanding centre-back.
With Kurt Zouma also sidelined with a long-term injury, Chelsea will have to field Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill once again as the centre-back pairing, with Cesar Azpilicueta on the right and Baba Rahman on the left.
Discussing Terry‘s fitness and injury situation, Hiddink confirmed that Wednesday’s game has come too soon for the captain.
“I don’t think John will make Wednesday,” said Hiddink.
“When he is ready to do so, maybe on Tuesday [we will play a practice match] but I don’t think he will make it.
“Hopefully, let’s see what can be done for next weekend.
“There has not been enough development to put him on the list for Wednesday.
“It’s not worse. On Saturday morning he did training and treatment.
“He can run but cannot go into a longer stretch where you have to accelerate. He has to be careful.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt