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Chelsea skipper John Terry has admitted that he is "gutted" to be missing their FA Cup clash with Manchester City after he suffered a hamstring injury during the Blues' win over Newcastle United earlier in February. He was expected to return for the clash against Manuel Pellegrini's men after missing the club's Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain, which they lost 2-1 at the Parc des Princes.
"Absolutely gutted to be missing the FA Cup game this weekend. I HATE being injured but working hard and giving everything to be back as soon as possible," Terry wrote on his official Instagram account.
Terry's absence will be a big blow to Guus Hiddink, who is also without Kurt Zouma, who was his preferred choice to partner the former England skipper at the heart of the Chelsea back four. The Frenchman has been ruled out for the season with a knee ligament injury and the manager is likely to continue with Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill as his central defensive pairing for the fifth round FA Cup clash at Stamford Bridge.
Matt Miazga, who signed from MLS outfit New York Red Bulls in January, could make his debut after Hiddink indicated that his fitness is at the desired level but the manager will be hoping Terry can return in the near future as they face crucial clashes with Southampton and Stoke City as they look to make their way back up the Premier League table.
"[Miazga] is close, he is fit, he had a good pre-season and he is fit. Today we are doing some tests and we get the results this afternoon. Normally he will be fit and he is OK. What the weekend will bring it is too early [to know] at this moment," Hiddink said at his pre-match press conference, as quoted by mlssoccer.com.