Injury woe for Chelsea’s Cech and Terry

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Petr Cech’s season is over and that skipper John Terry could also miss the rest of the campaign.

Blues keeper Cech went off with what appeared to be a dislocated shoulder after 17 minutes of the Champions League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid, which ended in a 0-0 draw.

Terry, meanwhile, limped off in the second half and looks certain to miss this weekend’s crucial Premier League match against leaders Liverpool.

Mourinho said: “Petr Cech’s season is over. 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.”

Already without the sidelined Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o as well as the suspended Branislav Ivanovic, losing Cech and then Terry tested Chelsea’s resolve, but they stood firm and can feel optimistic about their chances of reaching the final.

John Terry of Chelsea
Terry appeared to twist his ankle before limping off.

Their midfield options will be limited for the second leg at Stamford Bridge, though, as bookings for Frank Lampard and John Mikel Obi mean they will both be suspended.

However, Mourinho was determined to focus on the positives ahead of next week’s return match in London.

He declared: “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, Mark 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.”

Mourinho added: “Nobody starts a game thinking of a 0-0 but the game goes in a certain direction where you feel you have to be safe and not concede.

“We had three or four corners and two free-kicks in dangerous positions. If we scored one of them the result would have been very good.

“We didn’t, and we go with a result where everything will be decided at Stamford Bridge.”

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