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Hiddink not hopeful Terry will face PSG

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink is not optimistic over John Terry’s prospects of facing Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Hiddink watched his captain limp off before half-time in the dominant 5-1 Premier League victory over Newcastle United on Saturday.

Terry will have his injury – a “muscular problem” according to Hiddink – assessed further on Sunday, but his boss believes the quick turnaround between the matches makes him doubtful for the first leg of the last-16 clash at the Parc des Princes.

“He has, hopefully, a small muscular problem,” Hiddink told Sky Sports. “Tomorrow we will know how serious it is

“Midweek is already Tuesday and we have just two days to recover. I think teams need at least three days, but we don’t have.

“We will see what will be the outcome tomorrow.”

At the start of a week of crunch cup ties – Chelsea host Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup next Sunday – the Stamford Bridge club were in rampant mood as goals from Diego Costa, Pedro and Willian put them 3-0 up inside 17 minutes against a Newcastle team that dropped into the Premier League relegation zone.

Pedro added a second before Costa’s replacement Bertrand Traore completed Chelsea’s scoring during a more sedate second period and Hiddink was pleased to see an explosive start give his team the chance to leave something in reserve for a season-defining week.

“I think we had a kick-start,” he said. “We tried to press from the first minute to surprise them and I think we did.

“We had an early goal and the second goal made them very unstable.

“Everyone is talking about the Tuesday game and normally you start a little bit slow.

“If you take advantage during the early stage of the game then you get some rest in your team in the later period of the game.”

Sat 13 Feb, 2016
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