Terry has been hamstrung since WC

Blues captain Terry will sit out Friday’s European Championship
qualifying opener against Bulgaria at Wembley as well as the trip
to Switzerland four days later after being ordered to rest for the
next 10 days. The defender told Chelsea TV: “I have had a bit of a
problem since the World Cup and I was hoping after the World Cup
that I would have two weeks off and it would completely go away.
“But that wasn’t the case and, coming back working hard, it came
back on.” Terry has played every game for club and country this
season but claims the injury was behind his half-time substitution
in England’s recent friendly win over Hungary. “I played the last
England game but I had to come off at half-time because of it,” he
said. “I have not made it public but I have been struggling with it
and maybe I just need 10 days’ rest to fully get over it because it
could impact on my season.” Terry’s injury has not prevented him
helping Chelsea make the perfect start to their defence of the
Premier League, the champions scoring 14 times in three straight
victories without conceding a goal. The 29-year-old praised his
fellow defenders for the shutouts but also singled out holding
midfielder John Obi Mikel, who he revealed had shed the pounds in a
bid to keep his place in the side. “John had a really good
pre-season and looks slimmer,” Terry said. “He has done a bit of
weights and really looks fit. “We have missed Michael Essien the
last couple of years and there is competition now. “I think John
feels that with Ramires coming in and Michael coming back, and he
feels he needs to step it up. “He had a great season last year and
the season before that but again he has kicked on, which is
important for the young players to do.”