Terry undergoes successful surgery

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.


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  • DynastySocceFC …Rasputin

    I hope John Terry will be alright. Most important I hope he takes his time to heal up 100%. His soccer career will only last so long, but he needs a healthy back to get through the rest of his life which is most important. These professional clubs like Chelsea pay mllions for their players’ That being said they tend to push team doctors & medical staff to rush their million dollar investments back …ASAP! This is typical of all professional sports. It was the same when I played in England. They would give us players injections for pain before matches. Thinking back it’s crazy to do so. When we are in pain it’s our bodies’ way of telling us …Stop! Slowdown! Rest & Heal! I hope John Terry does this as he’s a good player & one of the more positive examples for English soccer at the moment.

  • giova * * * *

    Damn, what would happen to England if John Terry wasn’t on the last line of defence? If he doesn’t get better forget about getting past Portugal in Euro 08

  • Gyro

    Beckham should take Lampard with him to Spain. Lampard is very overated.

  • Tesoro

    Terry wil be back as good as ever;but I think the recovery period will be months not weeks. Yes,Chelsea will suffer but taking a chance on a serious injury is out of the question.

  • Ghost Rider

    I will say again. During this period, Chelsea will regret swapping Gallas for Cashley Cole.

  • DynastySoccerFC … Rasputin

    I tend to agree I can’t understand why Chelsea wanted Cole to begin with. He’s very overated & it seems that the Football world know him more for his big mouth than his playing abilities.

  • Adam

    Chelsea is in hot water as it is. With all of their defenders suddenly getting injured at the same time, this might rush Terry even more. He could end his career if he comes back to early and reinjures himself. Though, I did read a story on the Prem’s website saying that Terry felt really good.