LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea and England suffered a scare Wednesday when defender John Terry had a scan on his right foot after taking a knock in training.
There were initial fears the Chelsea captain had broken a bone and could miss Saturday’s FA Cup final and next month’s World Cup finals in South Africa but the scan showed no break and Terry was confident of facing Portsmouth at Wembley.
“I took a slight knock in training but with such an important match Saturday the right course of action was to put a protective boot on my right foot and have a CT scan,” Terry said in a statement.
“The scan has shown there is no break and I am hoping to train tomorrow if not Friday and of course play in the FA Cup final Saturday.”
Terry’s fitness is crucial for club and country despite a season in which he suffered dips in form and was stripped of the England captaincy after newspaper revelations about his private life.
Sunday he lifted the Premier League trophy after Chelsea returned to the summit following three seasons of Manchester United domination and he will be the cornerstone of Fabio Capello’s defence in South Africa.
The 29-year-old’s fitness has been a concern in recent years with a previous broken foot and back problems a result of his whole-hearted style.
Capello will be relieved that Terry’s injury does not look serious, especially as there are question marks over some of the other experienced defenders named in his 30-man preliminary squad for the finals Tuesday.
Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand, Terry’s regular England partner, missed a chunk of the season with back and calf injuries while Tottenham Hotspur’s Ledley King has knee problems which mean he cannot train properly.
Midfielder Gareth Barry has an ankle injury while striker Wayne Rooney was troubled by ankle and groin injuries during the final weeks of the season although he is expected to be fit.
Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris