After Chelsea beat Benfica, 2-1, in the Champions League quarterfinals to win 3-1 on aggregate, captain John Terry revealed he played with two cracked ribs and struggled to breathe. The 31-year-old England centerback came off after an hour and told reporters he had suffered the injury more than a week earlier in the first leg in Lisbon.
“I couldn’t breathe and my chest was closing up. I was having a difficult time out there, especially in the first half. Hopefully, I’ll be okay,” Terry said. A medical scan was scheduled for Thursday. He managed to finish the first leg and also played the full 90 minutes in Chelsea’s 4-2 Premier League win at Aston Villa last Saturday.
Chelsea faces an intensive fixture list of eight games in 26 days, including Champions League and FA Cup semifinals. It plays London rival Tottenham in the latter competition April 15, three days before meeting Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals.
Terry said: “It’s a very good achievement to reach our sixth semifinal in nine years, but we want to go through to the end. Clearly, that’s going to be tough against Barcelona, but we’re playing well. I am not sure anyone will fancy playing us at the moment because we are a very good side, especially in this competition. Barcelona are a very good team, but home and away we’re a very solid side as well."