Friday 19 January 2018

Hiddink: 'I won't take any chances on Terry'

Chelsea's John Terry Photo: Reuters
Chelsea's John Terry Photo: Reuters

Interim boss Guus Hiddink suggested Chelsea will handle John Terry with care and not rush the captain back from a hamstring injury sustained in Saturday's 5-1 win over Newcastle.

As Newcastle boss Steve McClaren reflected on a "self-inflicted" defeat and 12 games remaining to climb clear of the relegation zone, Hiddink looked towards tomorrow's Champions League match with Paris St Germain and next Sunday's FA Cup clash with Manchester City.

Terry was poised to undergo a scan yesterday after being replaced before half-time at Stamford Bridge.

Hiddink will await the results but hinted the 35-year-old would not be risked with such a short turnaround before the last-16 first leg at Parc des Princes.

Hiddink said: "Tomorrow we'll know how serious he is. Midweek is already Tuesday and we have just two days to recover.

"I think teams need at least three days, but we don't have so we'll see what will be the outcome tomorrow."

Hiddink added in his post-match media conference: "We must calm down and take wise decisions towards Tuesday and towards the upcoming weekend."

Hiddink repeated his belief - one held by predecessor Jose Mourinho - that Premier League teams playing in Europe must have more favourable fixture scheduling.

The Dutchman said: "I'm strongly in favour, when you have to play on Tuesday, then we should play on Friday. I know there are commercial reasons not to do so, but sports have to be on top of that."

Chelsea play PSG for a third straight year, with Hiddink insisting the Ligue 1 leaders are favourites despite the Blues' boosted confidence from the emphatic defeat of the Magpies.

"The European game especially against PSG will be much more difficult, because it's a team unbeaten since August," Hiddink added.

"But this game gave confidence to the team. We have to go there and play with the confidence we showed today."

Diego Costa struck his eighth goal in 10 games, Pedro scored twice and Willian and Bertrand Traore were also on target, with the Magpies replying late on through Andros Townsend.

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