So this can't be too good. With 20 minutes to go in England's steamrollering of Moldova last night, John Terry landed awkwardly and twisted his ankle. The same ankle in which he got kicked in the first half. Terry stayed down, received a bit of treatment, decided to do his usual warrior act, and tried to play on.
(While England had used all of its substitutions by that point, with a healthy lead, going with just 10 men the rest of the way was certainly a viable option.)
Mr. Injury Magnet (did those ribs ever heal, by the way?) was eventually forced to come off anyway in the 88th minute. Roy Hodgson would have you believe that it's "obviously not a very serious injury" but if the man was not able to comfortably play out the remaining minutes of a match that was for all intents and purposes long decided, then I'm not really sure just how accurate that assessment may be.
Then again, Hodgson's world is apparently filled with rainbows and unicorns and all things smelling like roses:
"I'd liked to have taken him off and we did suggest we could play with 10 men. He's a warrior though, so he poo-pooed the suggestion he should come off with 20 minutes to go."
Yep; that's a grown man of 65, the England manager using the words "poo-pooed". Unicorns!
Right now they're calling Terry a "doubt" for England's next match Tuesday versus THE Ukraine. I'd like to suggest that "doubt" should just be code for "Gary Cahill".