Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is unsure whether John Terry will be fit in time to return for the club's FA Cup showdown with Manchester City. The Blues captain limped off after 38 minutes on Saturday 13 February as Chelsea thrashed Newcastle United 5-1 at Stamford Bridge.
With Kurt Zouma facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee ligament injury in the draw with Manchester United, Hiddink was forced to reshuffle his defence, with Branislav Ivanovic moving into centre half alongside Gary Cahill.
As a result of that injury, Chelsea have decided to leave Terry at home having travelled to Paris for their Champions League last-16 meeting with Paris Saint-Germain.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Tuesday's match, Hiddink explained both the club and Terry himself felt his best chance of returning in time for the visit of City was if he was to remain at the club's training base at Cobham.
"We have had tests this morning and it didn't work out well so the decision was made to leave him at home," Hiddink said. "He was himself convinced he could not be of worth for the team at the moment.
"He has a little problem on hamstring and on the tendon in the hamstring injury. We decided [for him] not to participate."
When asked if Sunday's FA Cup fifth round clash with City would come too soon for the 35-year-old, he added: "It is difficult. That is why we prefer to have him in Cobham in the training centre to have daily treatment to see how his development will be for the weekend.
"Not having John is a bit of a setback because he is a leader but I am not the type of manager who starts moaning and moaning. We go on, we have to go on and the players who will replace him I will have full confidence in them."