Is Mourinho at his mind games again? Will Terry be back for Wednesday?

John Terry With Medal

Chelsea captain John Terry look set to be out for the season following an ankle injury picked up in last week's match against Atletico Madrid.

Aside from the result, Chelsea suffered heavily in the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last week. Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel picked up bookings to keep them out of the second leg. Whilst more significantly and damaging to their season were the injuries to Petr Cech and John Terry.

It was thought that the injuries would keep the experienced duo out for the rest of the season, with Terry having an outside chance of making the Champions League final if Chelsea were to advance. However it has now been reported that Terry could be fit and available for the showdown with Diego Simeone's side on Wednesday. It would be a remarkable recovery if true.

The Daily Mail reports that the swelling on his ankle has reduced and he is aiming to be fit for the tie. Jose Mourinho had said after the injury that there would be no chance of him playing again this season unless Chelsea made the final in Lisbon. Was it just mind games from Mourinho once again?

We have learnt not to take Jose's comments too seriously this season, as he can often lead you down the wrong path. He said he would play a weak team against Liverpool on Sunday and whilst key players were missing through injury and suspension it was still a strong line-up.

Terry will be desperate to try and play as big of a part as he can given that he missed the Champions League final two years ago when Chelsea triumphed over Bayern Munich. Mourinho shouldn't take any risks with Terry as he could easily aggravate his ankle injury and he has able cover.

However he will want to play David Luiz in a central midfield role due to the absence of Lampard and Mikel so it would leave Branislav Ivanovic as the likely partner for Gary Cahill. That would allow Ashley Cole to play in his third successive game giving him a final chance to prove to Roy Hodgson that he should go to Brazil.

Either way between now and Wednesday there will most probably be numerous comments from Mourinho playing down his sides chances and bluffing over whether Terry will be available or not.


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