Chelsea have a tough set of matches coming up, and Antonio Conte would have been hoping his squad was as healthy as possible to navigate the tricky schedule. Unfortunately there wasn’t much chance of that thanks to the ankle injury John Terry picked up late against Swansea, which forced the captain to leave the stadium on crutches.
Watching Terry hobble through the Liberty made some time off feel inevitable, and in that light the club’s statement today is good news indeed: strained foot ligaments, no fracture, a 10-day absence or thereabouts. That timeline would seem to rule him out of the home match against Liverpool (Friday 16th) and the League Cup match at Leicester (Tuesday 20th) but leave the skipper in with a shot of returning to face Arsenal (Saturday 24th).
Granted, it’s not ideal for Terry to be missing any matches at all, but an absence of days is much better than one of weeks or months. Hopefully the recently-reinforced defence can hold up in his absence.