London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Captain John Terry’s knee ligament injury will prevent him from seeing action for Chelsea at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.
The 32-year-old Terry suffered the injury in a collision with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez during their match last month.
Interim Blues manager Rafael Benitez announced that the club captain has yet to resume full training and will not make the Japan trip.
After Medical staff assessed the former England international, it was decided not to take Terry to Japan in order to aid his recovery.
“We’ve been talking with the doctor. The inflammation during the flight will not be the best thing for him so he will not travel,” Benitez said.
“He wanted to go and to help, but it’s better that he stays here. We don’t know when he will play. We have to wait and see how he reacts,” he added.
In its first match, Chelsea will take on either Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea or Monterrey of Mexico in Yokohama in the semifinal.
Then, Chelsea will play either in the final or for the third-place trophy in the in the same city three days later.
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has recovered from a calf problem and will play against Sunderland as Benitez chases his first Premier league win with Chelsea.