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John Terry 'out for months'

Chelsea are on the search for a centre back in the transfer window after it was revealed that both John Terry and Alex will be out for extended periods, with Terry expected to be out for months with a nerve problem.

This is bad news for the Blues at a critical juncture of the season, with the run-up to Christmas offering some very tricky games indeed, including Manchester United’s visit to Stamford Bridge on 18 December. And after the weekend’s 3-0 loss at home to Sunderland, they will be keen to not drop out of the title race completely. Terry is now looking for a solution to a problem which has been plaguing him since the end of last season.

‘It has been manageable up until the last two weeks but when we played Fulham I stretched to win the ball against Clint Dempsey and it got a lot worse,’ said Terry. ‘It is at a point where I can't carry on with it. I used to be able to make it through games because the adrenaline gets going and you blank the pain out, but now there really is no decision to make.

‘After games I am in agony and not sleeping at all. I used to play with pain at seven out of 10. Now? It's 10 out of 10. I need to take a few weeks rest, see a couple of specialists and solve the problem.

‘People are saying it could be my posture, but nobody really knows. Every time I jog or warm up, I don't feel right. It has been that way for a while, but this is different now. Other players have recommended guys, and I've seen a couple already, but it is just a question of finding one who can solve the problem.

‘Any ideas anybody has had, I've tried them. There are guys in London who can do nerve tests on machines, and guys in Italy who look for problems higher up the body. That is where I am at right now, just trying to find out what is wrong.’

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