John Terry needed more time off after his surgery, but for Chelsea’s sake he had to return. That move has spectacularly backfired, with Terry injured again and out for 6 weeks.
Chelsea will miss Terry at the Carling Cup final and against Porto in the Champions League while England will miss him in England (even though Woody and Rio do fine as a defensive pairing).
The problem is though, that depending on Chelsea’s league and CL fortunes, Terry could AGAIN be rushed back into service. That’s not a good idea, and in the long run that is jeopardising Terry’s career and at the very least, the start of next season.
If you’re unfit / lack match practice and are rushed back into service, the same injury may not occur again but you could get another type of injury. Michael Owen had this problem in the World Cup, Thierry Henry is crocked again (although if that’s the excuse for his poor form then why the hell is Wenger playing him?) and Terry had a similar problem against Porto on Wednesday.
Give Chelsea a break and get him ready for next season? With another central defender that would have been possible, but for now that’s not an option. Essien will play at centre-back and Mourinho will hope that Sheva’s goals keep coming.
For all of Mourinho’s desire to build a balanced team, Chelsea are far too reliant on Terry, and need him back as soon as possible.