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CHELSEA have been rocked after John Terry was ruled out for three months.

Doctors have today confirmed that the England skipper has broken a metatarsal in his right foot.

That is not just a blow for Blues boss Avram Grant, who now has to get their season back on track without his influential captain.

It also means Terry is certain to miss Fabio Capello's first game in charge as England manager.

The defender hobbled off during Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Arsenal after a challenge with Emmanuel Eboue.

X-rays have shown that Terry has broken the third metatarsal in his right foot, which is understood to be as bad as it can get.

A close friend said: "The doctors were surprised as they said it's very unusual to break that third metatarsal.

"It's more common for footballers to break the first or fifth metatarsal.

"The bad news is they say it will take longer to heal than normal.

"They said it could take at least 12 weeks."

Capello, who was unveiled as new England manager today, will make his Wembley bow with a friendly on February 6 against Switzerland.

But doctors believe that will come too soon for Terry to have recovered in time.

Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou revealed that Eboue apologised to the defender for the tackle.

He said: “I was saying to Eboue that it was a red card because he did it on purpose - but he denied that.

“He said he tried to block the ball and it was not on purpose. He said sorry to John.

"He didn't mean to do it but to apologise was a nice thing to do. John will be a big loss and is very important to the squad.

"We will miss him and it will be difficult to do it without him but we have the players to do that.â€

The third metatarsal bones are in the middle toe, which normally suffer injury through wear and tear rather than a clean break.

Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen have broken fifth metatarsals before and took at least six weeks LONGER for both players to get back into action than specialists originally predicted.

In 2004, Scott Parker broke a second metatarsal and although an eight-week absence was predicted, it was 34 weeks before he made a return.
 

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Hi, where did you get this story from?

Chelsea officials last night were claiming there was no break and it was just minor ligament damage, which could put him out for a couple of weeks.

If he's out for 3 months then that is a massive blow for Chelsea, who also have to cope with the upcoming ACON.

In fact, I'd say that could end their title hopes for the season - he's that big a player for them.

Not quite as bad as The Sun made out but not good news for Chelsea...

Chelsea captain John Terry will be out of action for up to six weeks after breaking three bones in his right foot during Sunday's 1-0 defeat by Arsenal.

Terry limped off in the first-half after a challenge with Emmanuel Eboue.

Chelsea doctor Bryan English told Chelsea TV: "An X-ray taken immediately after John left the field did not show the injury.

"The fractures, which include his third metatarsal, were revealed following scans performed on Monday afternoon."
 

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Eboue has to be the dirtiest, most dangerous player in the Premier League.........

He has to be suspended imho.............he's a disgrace........ :)
 

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Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou believes Emmanuel Eboue deliberately tried to injure John Terry.



Terry is set to be sidelined for around six weeks after Chelsea confirmed on Monday he had broken three bones in his right foot.


The damage was done in a challenge with Eboue during Chelsea's 1-0 defeat to Arsenal, which forced Terry from the pitch late in the first half.


Kalou felt at the time that his fellow Ivory Coast international was lucky not to be sent off, but he has thanked Eboue for his apology.


"I said to Eboue he should have got a red card because he did it on purpose," Kalou told The Sun.


"He denied that. He said he tried to block the ball and it was not on purpose. He said sorry to John.


"He said he didn't mean to do it and to apologise was a nice thing to do."


Kalou accepts it will be hard for Chelsea to sustain their Premier League title challenge without Terry.


"John will be a big loss and is very important to the squad," he explained.


"We will miss him and it will be difficult to do it without him but we have the players to do that."


http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_2988681,00.html
 

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hafiz_shukri00391 said:
the sun newspaper

http://thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/article592138.ece

before it stated for 3 months...but now it was 2 months
Proof that The Sun just make it up as they go along! Lol

I think most reports are saying it's a minimum of 6 weeks but could be up to 3 months because it's difficult to predict how long a break will take to heal, never mind 3 breaks.
 
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