John Terry once again joined Frank Lampard on the England International injury list today when he pulled out of the squad with a back problem, whether this will stop him playing at Villa Park on Saturday evening, only time will tell.
This leaves Ashley Cole as Chelsea’s only player in the England team to face Montenegro tomorrow (Tuesday) night.
JT also missed the last two Internationals when he suffered an injury to his hamstring.
This is not the first time JT has suffered from a back injury and it appears it may be something he has to live with, he suffered a disc problem in December 2006 which led to him having surgery. As well as producing low back pain, lower lumbar disc problems can cause pain, loss of sensation and weakness along the course of the Sciatic nerve, down the back of the leg. JT’s symptoms affected his back and calf in particular.
Bryan English, the club doctor said at the time after the intial operation, “We are not going to do anything with John that is going to cause him problems. I am not in the game of pushing him out there because it is for the benefit of Chelsea – but I also don’t want to hold him back unnecessarily.”
Let’s hope this latest injury is a minor one and that we get our captain back quickly, I do think however, that this back problem is one he will be living with for years to come and it’s more a case of ‘when’ not ‘if’ he gets it, and how bad it is, which will decide on whether he plays or not.
Whatever the latest diagnosis is, I’m sure all Chelsea supporters wish him well for a speedy recovery.
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