Chelsea captain John Terry has confirmed that he's been suffering from a minor injury this week but denied suggestions that it may cause him to miss Monday's visit to the Reebok Stadium, where the Blues face off against Bolton Wanderers. Manager Carlo Ancelotti described the issue as 'a little problem on his back' and questioned his ability to start against Owen Coyle's side, but a recent BBC article quotes the England centre back as saying his injury was a rib problem and not a back one:
On Monday I took a knee to the ribs which resulted in me missing two days of training. I've been able to do some pool work and will resume full training on Saturday and be available for Monday.
-John Terry. Source: BBC.
Terry's insistence that he'll be match-fit for Monday's game comes as a relief to Chelsea fans, who've seen injuries repeatedly claim both starting central defenders this year. Alex, Terry's Brazilian partner, is still out of action with a leg problem, and Chelsea are expected to start with Branislav Ivanovic in the middle and Jose Bosignwa in Ivanovic's usual spot on the right. Midfielder Frank Lampard is still an injury doubt after limping out of training two days ago, but the manager harbours hopes that his main creative force will be available to him as Chelsea attempt to break down Bolton's stubborn defence.