LONDON :Â Chelsea captain John Terry will be out of action for more than two weeks because of a “muscular problem”, Blues boss Antonio Conte said Friday.
Former England centre-back Terry, 36 next month, has made just one substitute appearance since the London club started a six-match winning run that has taken them to the top of the Premier League.
Terry will miss SaturdayÂ s league match against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, with his only start since returning from an ankle injury in the EFL Cup loss at West Ham in October.
“For tomorrow I donÂ t have available John Terry and (John) Obi Mikel,” Conte said. “John has a muscular problem and Obi is recovering from a muscular problem.”
The Italian manager added that Terry could be sidelined for “two, three weeks, maybe”, with a gluteus (buttocks) problem.
In a bid to get some game time, Terry featured for ChelseaÂ s development squad in MondayÂ s 3-2 win over Southampton.
“IÂ m not sure if the injury was in the Under-23 game or the day after,” Conte said.