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.”