The fallout from David Luiz's David Luiz moment in the FA Cup match against Portsmouth has finally appeared - captain John Terry, who's been playing through an injury since colliding with a goalpost while bailing out his erratic centre back partner, will now miss the Swansea match to get treatment ahead of the Manchester United tie this weekend.
It's just a bone oedema that he has been carrying for some time since he collided with a post, if I am not wrong against Portsmouth, and this stops him a little bit. It's nothing serious but something to keep an eye on. He has had an MRI before and he should be okay for Man United.
We have a lot of positions covered of course because of our squad, we have Gary and David available and competing and hopefully we can make the right decision.
-Andre Villas-Boas. Source: ChelseaFC.com.
The manager's using posh medical terminology here - he just means a bone bruise. Anyway, with Terry out, that presumably means we're going to see a defensive line that features Gary Cahill and David Luiz as the centre back partners (assuming that Branislav Ivanovic holds down right back). Hopefully Cahill has a pretty straightforward Chelsea debut.
Villas-Boas also confirmed that both John Obi Mikel and Frank Lampard will miss the Swansea game, meaning that combined with Ramires's long-term absence we're down to four first-team midfielders for this one. Meanwhile, Josh McEachran gets stuffed back in the basket, since Brendan Rodgers isn't allowed to field him against the Blues.