Chelsea came into Saturday's fixture against Aston Villa looking to make major headway toward locking in a Champions League berth. They'll leave hoping that they haven't lost one of their top stars for an extended period.
According to The Guardian Sport's Twitter feed, center back John Terry was carted off Saturday's match following an apparent injury:
Guardian sport @guardian_sport
John Terry stretchered off. Still Aston Villa 1-1 Chelsea http://t.co/dbJRGzX5PZ via @guardian5/11/2013, 1:18:24 PM
UPDATE: Monday, May 13, at 7:34 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
John Terry's status for Wednesday's Champions League final is still up in the air, according to Sky Sports' Pete O'Rourke.
Chelsea captain John Terry admits he is unsure if he will be fit for Wednesday's Europa League final against Benfica...
...Terry is sweating on a scan on his injured ankle to see if he will be fit for the final in Amsterdam.
'It is my ankle. I'm going to get it scanned. I don't know if I'll be fit for Wednesday at the moment,'Terry told the Daily Mirror.
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UPDATE: Saturday, May 11 at 10:26 a.m. ET by Tyler Conway
Early prognosis on Terry's injury has arrived from interim Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez, and it's as promising as one could hope. According to BBC Sport, the Blues boss said that Terry had suffered a "twisted ankle" and that they are awaiting the result of tests to see the severity of the injury:
BBC Sport @BBCSport
#CFC interim boss Rafa Benitez: "John Terry has a twisted ankle, we are waiting for the scan & Hazard has a hamstring problem." #bbcfootball5/11/2013, 2:22:44 PM
There is still no word on how long Terry will be out of the lineup (if at all).
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Though Terry's exact prognosis is unclear at the moment, Chelsea's official Twitter feed noted that it looked like his ankle on the field:
Chelsea FC @ChelseaFC
JT is currently down receiving treatment. Looks like it might be his ankle. #CFC5/11/2013, 1:16:14 PM
The 32-year-old Terry was carted off the field by trainers and was replaced in the lineup by Branislav Ivanovic in the 77th minute, per the Premier League's Twitter feed:
Premier League @premierleague
SUB Branislav Ivanovic comes on for John Terry, who is stretchered off in the 77th minute. Villa 1-1 Chelsea. #AVLCHE5/11/2013, 1:18:51 PM
Terry exited the match with it tied 1-1. Though Chelsea wound up getting a critical three table points after a beautiful Frank Lampard goal finalized the score at 2-1, the folks at Stamford Bridge are certainly more concerned with Terry’s prognosis.
The 2012-13 campaign had already been one mired with injury for Terry, who also serves as the Blues' captain. He was playing in just his 14th Premier League match of the campaign, having suffered a knee injury that kept him out through late January.
In those 13 matches prior to Saturday, though, one could easily see why his injury would be a critical blow for Chelsea. Renowned as one of the world's best two-way defensemen, Terry has scored four goals this season. His tough play against the opposing attack was even on display against Aston Villa, as he drew a yellow card in the 42nd minute.
What's more, it's hard to gloss over Terry's historical importance for Chelsea. Saturday was his 550th start for the Blues, making him just the fifth player in club history to do so.
And as the 2012-13 Premier League season continues to wind down, they'll need him more than ever. Chelsea came into Saturday's critical match with Aston Villa third in the table, and their win on Saturday gives them 72 points—five ahead of fourth-place Arsenal. Finishing third is critical, as it cements a place inside the coveted Champions League.
With just two matches left this season, the Blues need all their top players on the field. There is no word on Terry's availability for those matches at this time.
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