The Chelsea captain John Terry has made an assessment of Chelsea’s situation and the fact that the Blues will be losing four top players to the African Nations Cup in January, and has concluded that Carlo Ancelotti will probably draft in some reinforcements in January.
After a brilliant start to the season, which has seen the squad hardly affected by injuries, they now find themselves preparing to face Arsenal in a couple of weeks without Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa and Ashley Cole.
Michael Ballack and Terry himself both picked up injuries on international duty but are expected to make quick recoveries. If the injuries persist when January comes along, Chelsea could find their squad stretched severely.
“It’s good news that the transfer ban has been frozen,” said Terry. “We lose four good players in January anyway. I’m sure the club and the manager are looking into that and having good talks with Roman. I wouldn’t be surprised if we do go out and buy because we don’t know what’s going to happen in the summer.
“We’re going well at the minute and we’re lucky enough to have a big squad with good players who can come in if we get a couple of injuries. Looking at it realistically, we’re maybe going to be suspended in the summer window and, maybe, another one after that. But the manager has great experience and he knows what we need.”
Ancelotti said yesterday that he was happy that the squad is big enough to cover for January, and said that Sturridge and Borini (who?) would be adequate cover for Drogba and Kalou in attack, but the Italian has been known to be less than honest with the press when it comes to transfer targets.
If Terry expects new arrivals, then shouldn’t the rest of us do so as well?
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