London, England (Sports Network) – Chelsea and England national team captain John Terry underwent successful surgery on a disc problem in his lower back according to a statement from the club Thursday.
“Chelsea Football Club can confirm that today club captain John Terry underwent successful surgery following his back injury,” the club said. “The operation took place in France following consultation between the Chelsea medical department and a leading neuro-surgical specialist. The operation to remove a sequestrated lumbar inter-vertebral disc was successful and everyone at the club wishes John a speedy and full recovery.”
The center defender has missed the defending Premiership champion’s last four games in which the team has given up six goals.
The injury was at first not thought to be serious, and it was reported Wednesday that Terry was to undergo an exploratory procedure in France to determine if further surgery is needed to correct the problem.
It is unclear how much time Terry will need to recover from the operation, but it is estimated the recovery time will be weeks rather than months like it was originally thought.
Terry’s injury, coupled with the injury to goalkeeper Petr Cech in October has left the squad considerably weaker on the defensive side of the ball while it is chasing top team Manchester United in the Premiership table. The duo are considered two of the best at their respective positions in Europe.