Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is confident the club can cope with the absence of captain John Terry. The 35-year-old defender missed the club's 2-1 loss against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last night (16 February), and Cahill feels they have the players to cover for his injury.
Terry did not travel with the rest of the Chelsea squad for the game in Paris after tweaking his hamstring against Newcastle United at the weekend. Cahill, though, does not feel the Blues have anything to worry about.
"Defensively we were really strong," the Chelsea defender said, according to ESPN. "Obviously when you concede two [it doesn't look good] but if you look at the amount of final third entries they had, the amount of corners they had, the amount of blocks we made – they ask a lot of questions of you here.
"I've played with [Branislav Ivanović] before [at centre-back], although not very often. It seems this year that happens – when I play it's with a different right-back, a different centre-back, everything's reshuffled but you adapt. I played with Iva in the Premier League and in the [2013 Europa League final] and was successful, so I don't see it being a problem if John's not available."
Although Cahill would prefer that Chelsea have a fully fit squad, he thinks the Serbian defender is an able deputy.
"Ideally we would have everyone available, all our strongest players. Let's see with John [if he's fit] but I've played with Iva in big games before, so I don't see it being a problem," he said of Chelsea's defensive injury problems.
Terry is expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the current season after recently revealing the club have not offered him a new contract. He has, however, insisted he will not join another team in the Premier League.