Chelsea captain John Terry set to miss PSG match - Guus Hiddink
John Terry is unlikely to be fit for the second leg of Chelsea's Champions League round-of-16 clash with Paris Saint-Germain after making slow progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury, Guus Hiddink has confirmed.
Terry, 35, has missed Chelsea's last five matches in all competitions since hobbling from the field during last month's 5-1 win over Newcastle but said last week that he had not given up hope of returning in time to face PSG.
Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Hiddink said that Terry was due to take part in a specially-arranged six-a-side training match at Cobham on Monday in a bid to prove his fitness, but the Dutchman now believes his captain will not be ready to risk such exertion.
"I don't think John will make Wednesday," Hiddink said. "There has not been enough development to put him on the list. The injury is not worse. This morning, he did training and treatment. He can run, but cannot go into a longer stretch where you have to accelerate. He has to be careful."
Asked if Terry's physical state would still be assessed in Monday's scheduled training game at Cobham, Hiddink replied: "No. I think when he is ready to do so, maybe on Tuesday, but I don't think he will make it. Hopefully, let's see what can be done for [Chelsea's FA Cup quarterfinal against Everton] next weekend."
Diego Costa also missed Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday with a "minor tendon injury" but Hiddink repeated after the match that the withdrawal of his star striker was just a precaution ahead of PSG.
"In the last training [session], Diego got a little bit of a tendon injury," the Chelsea boss added. "He could have started against Stoke, but then the risk was there that he could have fallen into an injury that makes me say afterwards 'why did I play him?'"
Kenedy is another injury concern for Hiddink, having left the field injured after scoring his first Premier League goal against Norwich City on Tuesday.
"He is not OK yet," the Chelsea boss said of the Brazilian youngster. "Hopefully [on Monday] he will practise and we'll see on Tuesday. He had a tendon problem."
Chelsea will look to overturn a one-goal deficit when PSG visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
It is the third successive year that the two teams have met in the knockout stage of the Champions League and Hiddink believes the Blues are clear underdogs, despite both previous ties being settled on away goals.
"We are the underdog now," he said. "We are not the favourites. We have now regained confidence and have quality, but PSG can rest five, six or seven players [for their goalless Ligue 1 draw with Montpellier on Saturday]. Let's be very tough underdogs.
"We need to be angry in a controlled way on Wednesday. The players must be fully concentrated because PSG are a class team and they will punish you if you start sloppy."