John Terry is facing six weeks on the sidelines after Chelsea confirmed he had broken three bones in his right foot.
Chelsea skipper suffers broken foot
Chelsea captain John Terry is facing six weeks on the sidelines after the club confirmed he had broken three bones in his right foot.
Terry sustained the injury in a challenge from Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Eboue during the first half of the Blues' 1-0 defeat at Emirates Stadium.
The England international attempted to play on but was clearly in pain and was soon forced to limp out of the action.
Eboue, who was booked by referee Alan Wiley, has been criticised for his part in the incident but has reportedly apologised to Terry.
The loss of their defensive talisman is a major blow to Avram Grant's side, who are already without fellow centre-back Ricardo Carvalho.
Club doctor Bryan English told Chelsea TV
: "An X-Ray taken in the Arsenal medical room straight after John left the field didn't show the injury.
"However, as is usual with mid-foot injuries the fractures were revealed following scans, which were performed this afternoon.
"John will start his rehabilitation immediately with the Chelsea medical team and we will continue to monitor the injury."
Terry will miss the Carling Cup quarter-final against Liverpool and the festive Premier League fixtures away to Blackburn and Fulham and at home to Aston Villa and Newcastle.
The FA Cup third round meeting with QPR will come too soon for the Chelsea skipper, with the Stamford Bridge league meeting with Tottenham on 14th January another he is expected to miss.
Terry could return away to Birmingham the following week and will be hoping to prove his fitness to new England coach Fabio Capello before the friendly international against Switzerland at Wembley on 6th February.