Chelsea v PSG preview: John Terry ruled out but Diego Costa available for crucial Champions League tie
By Simeon Gholam
Last Updated: 09/03/16 7:36pm
Chelsea captain John Terry has been ruled out of Wednesday's Champions League last-16 second leg with PSG.
The 35-year-old defender has missed the last five matches with a hamstring problem sustained in the 5-1 win over Newcastle on February 13.
Terry took to Instagram to confirm his absence, as Guus Hiddink's side attempt to reverse a 2-1 first-leg deficit at Stamford Bridge.
He wrote: "I'm gutted to be missing the PSG game. It's so frustrating missing any game,but these big champions league nights at the bridge are unbelievable and it hurts as a player not to be involved.
"I have thrown everything at my injury trying to get back fit but sometimes you have to let the injury settle, and thankfully I'm on the mend and hope to be back soon."
The Blues are up against PSG for a third-straight season in the competition. Chelsea won the quarter-final tie in 2014 on away goals, but were defeated at the last-16 stage in 2015 by the same method.
PSG head into the game at Stamford Bridge after a disappointing goalless draw against Montpellier on Saturday, but boss Laurent Blanc rested many of his key players in anticipation of this game.
Aside from Terry, striker Diego Costa was present in training after missing last Saturday's draw with Stoke as a precaution due to a minor tendon problem and Hiddink confirmed he is available for the second leg, along with Spaniard Pedro.
Radamel Falcao, absent since October with a thigh problem, trained, but the striker is not in Chelsea's Champions League squad.
Italian midfielder Marco Verratti is doubtful for PSG, manager Laurent Blanc said on Tuesday.
PSG are otherwise at full strength, apart from right-back Serge Aurier, who is suspended after insulting Blanc and his team-mates in an online video.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Luiz and Thiago Silva are all set to return to PSG's side for the trip. All three were left out of Blanc's starting line-up in Ligue 1 at the weekend.
Chelsea are in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons. They've reached the quarter finals on eight of these occasions.
PSG have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League for the fourth consecutive season, their best ever run. They've been eliminated in the quarter finals in the last three campaigns.
Chelsea have scored in each of their last 22 Champions League home games. The last time they failed to was in April 2011 against Manchester Utd (0-1).
PSG have failed to score in five of their six away games against English clubs in European competition. The only exception being last season against Chelsea (2-2 in the second-leg of the last 16).
Costa has only scored one goal in his last 15 Champions League games, that was against Maccabi Tel Aviv last September.
Ibrahimovic has scored eight goals in 37 Champions League knockout games. In the group stages, he has found the net 38 times in 79 games.
Edinson Cavani has scored three goals against Chelsea in the Champions League, his joint-favourite opponent alongside Ajax and Manchester City. However, none of these goals have come at Stamford Bridge.
I really do think the absence of Terry is a massive blow. You need a man with a cool head to lead you in situations like this and the task facing Chelsea could overawe them.
I can see Costa getting frustrated and involved in too many personal battles with PSG's Brazilian centre-back duo if things aren't going his way. You need to keep your discipline on nights like this.
Chelsea have got it in them to win this and then suddenly they're believing they can win the competition, but I just sense PSG have a goal in them, which would make things very difficult.
I wouldn't be surprised if we have a reverse of the 2-1 scorelines and extra time, but I'm leaning towards PSG turning up, doing a professional job and just having enough to see them through, with Cavani being the man to do the damage again.
Charlie predicts: 1-1 and Cavani to score first (33/1 with Sky Bet)
Chelsea are 2/1 with Sky Bet to overcome their first-leg deficit and 7/4 to win on the night, with PSG odds-on to reach the quarter-finals and 8/5 to do so with a victory at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues drifted out to 33/1 to win the competition following their first-leg loss, while the Ligue 1 champions are 10/1 fourth favourites. Ibrahimovic is the marginal favourite in the first goalscorer betting at 4/1 closely followed by Costa at 9/2, while the strike duo after also 9/2 to both find the net within 90 minutes.