John Terry faces an anxious wait to discover if damaging revelations regarding his private life will cost him the England captaincy.
The Chelsea defender suffered a very public setback yesterday when a High Court judge overturned a super-injunction preventing publication of allegations of an affair with a former girlfriend of Wayne Bridge, his very close friend and one-time team-mate, who remains in the England squad.
The latest instalment of the Terry soap opera is particularly embarrassing because he and Bridge are likely to be reunited during the World Cup finals in South Africa this summer.
Bridge is said to be deeply unhappy at the revelations and this has now become an unwelcome problem for England boss Fabio Capello, who must decide whether to stand by Terry.
Terry, 29, has never appeared to let his private concerns have a detrimental effect on his form, even during a series of humiliating headlines for his family. His father, Ted, was filmed in a tabloid sting allegedly arranging a Class A drug deal in November and his mother, Sue, was cautioned for shoplifting last May.
Capello's concern will be the effect that Terry's alleged affair with Bridge's former girlfriend could have on his relationship with his team-mate, and any squad tension that it breeds.
Meanwhile, Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou insists he is fit enough to return to action in the Premier League despite being left out of the squad to face Burnley tonight.
Kalou, along with his fellow Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba, has been omitted from the Chelsea squad after returning from the African Nations Cup in Angola.
The Ivory Coast reached the quarter-finals of the competition but coach Carlo Ancelotti believes the duo need to overcome the effects of travelling before returning to first-team football.
However, Kalou says he is fresh and full of confidence following his country's unsuccessful campaign.
"I am fit to play, I didn't pick up any injuries, I am feeling well and have a lot of confidence," said Kalou.
"I thought I had a good game for Chelsea against Fulham before we left and now I come back in good form."
However, Kalou, knows he faces a hard task as he looks to get back into Ancelotti's team.
"In Africa we were lucky because we had the Premier League on TV, so I watched the Sunderland game (Chelsea won 7-2), which was amazing. We were in touch with England all the time," he said.
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