Chelsea captain John Terry has been ruled out for up to two months after
aggravating his knee injury.
Defender to miss Napoli game and England friendly
Chelsea captain John Terry has been ruled out for up to two months after aggravating his knee injury.
Terry is due to undergo what is understood to be a small procedure on the right knee that has been troubling him ever since he collided with a post in last month's FA Cup clash with Portsmouth.
Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas had been hoping the 31-year-old would recover in time for Tuesday night's Champions League clash at Napoli.
But, despite taking part in training on Monday night, the England centre-back woke up in considerable pain at Chelsea's team hotel on Tuesday morning and will now miss the game at the Stadio San Paulo as well as next week's international friendly against Holland.
Chelsea confirmed Terry will undergo surgery on the injury later this week.
"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," read a club statement.
"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 is a major blow for Chelsea who have struggled in recent weeks and dropped out of the top four in the Premier League to increase the pressure on Villas-Boas.