Confident Terry eyes return in few weeks
CHELSEA captain John Terry is hoping to be back playing within a month after undergoing knee surgery.
The 31-year-old defender played through the pain after initially suffering the problem at the start of last month, but went under the knife last week.
"The operation went well and I'm feeling really good," he said.
"The surgeon has shaved off a bit of bone in my right knee that was rubbing and causing a lot of swelling. We're all confident the operation has solved the problem and it is looking good for a quick return.
"The medical staff say four to six weeks before I can play again. It might be sooner.
"I'll definitely be back before the end of the season to help the team in the Premier League run-in and for the Euros."
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Petr Cech is confident Chelsea will defy their critics to finish in the top three of the Premier League.
The 29-year-old, in Dublin for tonight's friendly between his Czech Republic side and Ireland, admitted the Blues have a fight on their hands to qualify for the Champions League.
Chelsea are currently fifth in the table, level on points with Arsenal in fourth, but seven behind third-placed Tottenham.
Cech headed off on international duty on the back of Saturday's comfortable 3-0 win over Bolton, and admitted the atmosphere within the Czech camp might be a little more relaxed than that at Chelsea.
"When you go with the national team and then go back with the club, it's two different things," Cech said.
"If you have all the sort of problems in the club and the club is not doing well, and you come to an atmosphere where everyone is relaxed because you have made the target by reaching the European Championships, then the atmosphere is different and you can enjoy it."
Tonight's game could once again bring Cech into contact with Irishman Stephen Hunt.
The pair infamously clashed during Hunt's Reading days in October 2006, when his challenge left the goalkeeper with a fractured skull, although the shot-stopper insists he has put the incident behind him.
Cech said: "There are things in life that happen and are unfortunate. You can't take it back, so you have to look forward. I want to enjoy every time I play a football game, even against him."