The England international defender has been suffering from knee problems since colliding with a post in his club’s FA Cup victory over Portsmouth in January, but was believed to be 50-50 in potentially featuring for Andre Villas Boas’ men in Italy.
However, ahead of the game the London club released a statement indicating that Terry’s efforts to return to fitness have had a negative effect and that he needs a further operation to get back to playing.
“John has tried hard to be ready for tonight’s game but it was clear after training last night that it was not going to be possible,” the club admitted on their official website.
“He will undergo an exploratory arthroscopy in the next day or so, after which the club’s medical team will be better placed to advise on a prognosis.”
The news will be a major blow to Chelsea’s hopes of success over the remainder of the season, as they try to ensure a top four finish and progression in Europe and the FA Cup.
By Gareth McKnight
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