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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Terry ruled out of Chelsea's trip to Man City

London: Chelsea defender John Terry has been ruled out of their vital upcoming Premier League clash against Manchester City after failing to overcome a knock picked up against Napoli.

The 31-year-old was substituted during the latter stages of the Blues' thrilling extra-time win over the Italian side in the Champions League after injuring his knee and will miss the match at the Etihad Stadium, although Roberto Di Matteo is hopeful that his captain will be fit to face Spurs.

"We almost have a fully fit squad for the City game, only [Oriol] Romeu and Terry are out,” the interim coach told reporters.

"It's still a bit too early for Terry. He did very well to come back in such a short time and we were lucky. He should be fine for the weekend [against Spurs]."

With Vincent Kompany also out for the hosts, Chelsea's game against Manchester City on Wednesday is 21/10 with William Hill to feature over 3.5 goals.

Former West Brom boss Di Matteo has won all four of his matches since taking over from Andre Villas-Boas and he believes that it is important that the players build on this by continuing to work hard.

He added: "We need to prevent Man City from expressing themselves, they have quality players all over, from defence to attack.

"A confident team can be the difference between now and end of season, every player needs to put the effort in."


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