Chelsea skipper John Terry and goalkeeper Petr Cech are set to be sidelined for the remainder of the Barclays Premier League season, after the pair sustained injuries during the club’s Champions League last-4 first leg tie at Atletico Madrid.
Cech injured his shoulder while Terry limped off later, after appearing to land awkwardly.
Manager Jose Mourinho says it’s over for the Czech Republic goalkeeper, as far as the ongoing campaign is concerned, while Terry stands the chance to feature at the Lisbon final on May 24- should the ‘Blues’ scale the La Liga leaders’ hurdle in next Wednesday’s return leg at the Stamford Bridge.
“Petr Cech’s season is over,” said Mourinho. “Don’t ask me to explain it technically, but it’s over. With John, we’ll have to play in the final for him to play with us again.”
The West London outfit are five points behind leaders Liverpool in a league title run-in left with three games before it’s all done and dusted and, having negotiated a goalless stalemate at the Vicente Calderon; would rather switch from Tuesday night’s strong show of defensive proficiency to unleashing their attackers, yet conscious of their opponents’ frontmen.
They face a trip to Anfield this weekend, before hosting Norwich and plays the final game of the season at Cardiff on Sunday, 11 May.
Cech, 31, came off after just 18 minutes on the pitch, following a collision with Atletico’s Raul Garcia and was replaced by Mark Schwarzer, 41, for his Champions League debut, Terry pulled up with 18 minutes left to the dead and was replaced by Andre Schurrle.
Also on the list of potential absentees for the semi-finals return leg are midfielders Franck Lampard and John Obi Mikel through suspension, after picking up second-half bookings.
Cameroon international Samuel Eto’O (knee), Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard (calf) and Branislav Ivanovic (suspended) all missed the stalemate away from home and could return for the second leg. Mourinho believes Chelsea have the character and personalities to finish off the job.
Mourinho added: “This result leaves everything even more related to small details for the second leg. We had problems before the game, during the game and lost four players, two with injuries and two with yellow cards, but we will fight.
“Ivanovic is back, Schwarzer showed we can trust him. People that aren’t playing a lot, like Ashley Cole, gave an amazing performance. If we have to play the kids we will. Before, Atletico spoke about the game of their lives, now the game of their lives is at Stamford Bridge.
“Everybody did a great job. A tired David Luiz, after playing in midfield, stepped back and played in central defence for the last 20-25 minutes, which wasn’t easy. For Ashley to play this type of game after so many games not playing, was amazing. Mikel, Lampard and Torres were immense. Every player gave everything and I’m obviously very pleased.’