AVB: Terry card not planned

The defender was booked for time-wasting at a throw-in by referee

Lee Mason in the last minute of Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Wolves

at Stamford Bridge. The caution marked Terry’s fifth of the season

which brings a one-match ban, ruling him out of Tuesday night’s

quarter-final cup tie at home to Liverpool. But manager Villas-Boas

insists the act was not pre-planned to ensure Terry is free to lead

Chelsea throughout their busy December schedule, which includes key

games against Manchester City, Tottenham and Newcastle United. He

told The Sun: “Terry got a yellow card from a throw-in. Ashley Cole

was looking for the best options and couldn’t find any so Terry’s

out on Tuesday. “It wasn’t a deliberate yellow card as they’re not

allowed by UEFA. “Frank Lampard was also on four yellow cards and

we didn’t force it.”