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Terry reveals extent of problems with toe injury

England captain John Terry has admitted it will take up to eight months for his broken toe to heal properly after revealing he is having constant injections to train and play for club and country.

Terry sustained the injury during Chelsea's pre-season tour of the United States and he could expect to be completely recovered in four to six weeks if he chose not to play on utilising painkilling jabs.

But he is desperate to continue turning out providing there are no repercussions later in the season.

As England prepare for Saturday's crunch Euro 2008 qualifier with Israel at Wembley midfielder Steven Gerrard is facing a similar scenario.

He has to decide whether he needs an injection in his broken toe, although the signs were so positive in training today that coach Steve McClaren has said the Liverpool captain will play tomorrow.

Terry said: 'I've had a broken toe and have been playing since day one of the season with an injection. Whether Steven needs to have an injection, I don't know.

'But from the doctor's point of view and, speaking to the doctors at Chelsea, my broken toe is not going to get any better or worse from me having the injection and playing - and I think Steven is the same.

'If it was going to make it worse, it would be a different issue and it wouldn't be right for Steven to play but if he has been told it is not going to make it any worse, and might just take a little longer to heal, then we will have to see.'

Terry added: 'As a player I don't want to miss one game for Chelsea and England or even a day's training. If that means having an injection, I'll do it.

'It is a broken toe. It will take four to six weeks to heal. By having the injections every game and in training, it is going to take six to months to heal.

'But it is not going to kill me and I'll certainly carry on.

'All that happens is the toe just swells up a bit after a game so you just ice it up for a few hours and get the swelling down and then get ready for the next game.'

Terry admitted: 'Whether it is going to hinder me when I am 36 or 40 I don't know, but it is a short career and I'll do anything to play.

'In 10-15 years' time, I don't want to say 'I wish I had been involved in that game or that game'.

'Jose Mourinho (Chelsea manager) has never said `Don't have an injection'. If there was an issue and it was going to make it worse, maybe he would step in and say something.

'But it would still come down to my decision. If I said to the manager 'I want to play' that's my decision.'