Chelsea were handed a major injury blow following their game against Swansea City after John Terry was spotted leaving the Liberty Stadium on crutches. The midfielder faces a race to be fit for his side's clash against Liverpool on Friday (16 September) at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues skipper rolled his ankle in the final minutes of the game, but continued despite the discomfort and finished the game. It could come at a major cost as they face in-form Liverpool, who beat reigning champions Leicester City 4-1 at Anfield on Saturday (10 September).
The extent of the injury will not be known until further assessment on Monday (12 September), but Antonio Conte was not overly concerned and was confident that Terry will overcome the setback at the earliest. The manager could call up on David Luiz, if the former England international is unable to recover in time to face the Reds.
"I don't know the extent of the injury but tomorrow we will see the situation about his ankle. But he is a warrior and I am not worried," Conte was quoted by Sky Sports as saying, following the game.
The Italian manager was more concerned about his team having lost two points against Swansea City after having taken the lead in the 18th minute through Diego Costa. The South Wales club scored two goals in as many minutes in the second-half to take the lead, but the second one was a contentious one with replays showing goal scorer Leroy Fer fouling Gary Cahill in the buildup.
However, the Liberty Stadium outfit had to settle for a point after Diego Costa came to Chelsea's rescue again with a well taken overhead kick in the 81st minute. The Brazilian-born Spain international has been in exceptional form since the start of the campaign and has notched up four goals in as many games.
"It's very difficult to talk about the game because we lost two points. We were leading 1-0 and created a lot of chances to score another goal. We are disappointed because the performance was very good in terms of our intensity and because we played good football," the Italian coach said, as quoted on BBC Sport.
"People looking at the second goal can see that the referee made a mistake - but this can happen. I've not spoken to the referee. It's a big mistake," he added.