Terry determined to play on with busted ribs
Published 22:00 05/04/12 By Martin Lipton
John Terry has vowed to play through the pain of TWO broken ribs to bring Chelsea Champions League glory.
Blues skipper Terry fractured the bones after catching a stray elbow just 20 minutes into last week's first leg quarter-final win over Benfica in Lisbon.
The centre-half played the rest of the game and all of Saturday's win at Aston Villa but was forced off after an hour at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday when he was unable to breathe properly .
"I couldn't breathe and my chest was closing up," he said. "I was having a difficult time out there. It's just horrible."
Terry went for a scan on Thursday, which confirmed the injury, but with Chelsea facing a make-or-break run of the FA Cup semi-final with Spurs and both legs against Barcelona either side of a vital league trip to Arsenal in the space of 10 days, the 31-year-old will take pain-killing jabs, grin and bear it.
"I don't think it will mean I'm out at all," said Terry. "It's just a case of managing it.
"I know there are ways around it. With the ribs, you can't really treat the injury or massage it to make it better. But the guys have got a few ideas to get me through games.
"We've got so many big games. We've got the Tottenham game and the two coming up over Easter before Barcelona.
"I will get through the games, definitely."
Terry may be rested for Saturday's home clash with Wigan but will demand to play at Fulham on Monday.
The Chelsea captain conceded Roberto Di Matteo's side are suffering under the weight of fixture congestion - and that things are only going to get harder.
He added: "It's going to be a little bit strange with the FA Cup game being on the day it is. It's a busy time for fixtures and if I'm honest I feel we looked a little bit tired against Benfica.
"The tempo was a little bit slow and that's just down to the busy schedule and the number of games we've played. Now we've got two in three days this weekend as well before all of them, so it doesn't get easier.
"But we're going pretty well ourselves. It's important we keep that momentum and keep winning games."