Chelsea will be facing Southampton on Saturday, but as manager Guus Hiddink revealed in his press conference today, we will do so without John Terry, despite his return to full training earlier this week.
"He will not be fit. He is still in treatment, every now and then he goes in the gym. He is doing exercises there and on the pitch but he is not fit."
"We want to be careful with this kind of injury. When you have something in the tendon or in the hamstring then sometimes you think, as a player or manager, that it appears to be good, but you must be careful."
"I am in favour of waiting two or three days more because it’s not good to have a setback. We have Norwich on Tuesday and we will see whether he will be available and fit."
-Guus Hiddink; source: Chelsea FC
Hamstring injuries can drag on like this unfortunately.
Bad news for John Terry should mean good news for Baba Rahman, who has started back-to-back games for just the second time in his Chelsea career in the captain's absence and subsequent defense reshuffle. While his attacking forays have added a new and welcome dimension, the 21-year-old's play in general could use a bit of improvement.
Guus again commends the performances of Baba Rahman but adds he has little things to learn. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 26 de fevereiro de 2016
The Blues will also be short in the attacking department, as Radamel Falcao is still out with his muscular injury while Alexandre Pato hasn't returned to full fitness yet after staying off the pitch for three months.
Guus reports that Falcao is also still injured. He indicates Pato is not yet quite ready to play. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 26 de fevereiro de 2016
With Falcao and Pato still unavailable and Rémy seemingly falling down in the pecking order, this probably means good news for Bertrand Traoré, who should continue to see more playing time on the pitch as Diego Costa's backup. Hopefully the team keep up the lopsided scores so Traoré can maintain his 5th-goal "agenda".