John Terry's season could be all over after collision with Suarez

Nov 12, 2012
Bill Mann

Draw with Liverpool sees Chelsea slide into third behind the two Manchesters; Arsenal go eighth

Chelsea slipped further behind Manchester United after being held to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge by Liverpool yesterday. The result – and Manchester City's 2-1 defeat of Tottenham – leaves Chelsea in third spot, three points behind United and one shy of the Sky Blues.

And Chelsea are bracing themselves for more bad news on Monday as they await the results of a scan on the knee of John Terry. The Blues' captain headed his side into the lead on 20 minutes but was then involved in a nasty collision with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez (pictured above, centre).

There was no malicious intent on the part of either player, but the clash of legs left Terry writhing in agony and he was stretchered off with a suspected serious injury to his right knee.

Suarez later equallised for Liverpool, heading home from a Suso corner after a neat flick on from Jamie Carragher.

But the main talking point after the game was the injury to Terry and the suspicion that his season might be over. "We will have to wait for a scan tomorrow to understand the full extent of the injury," manager Roberto Di Matteo told the club's website. "He is in pain now and we just hope it is not a serious injury and we have him back very soon."

Earlier in the day Manchester City had kept up the pressure on rivals United with a win against Tottenham at the Etihad. Spurs took an early lead thanks to a header from Steven Caulker, but the Sky Blues fought back in the second-half. Sergio Aguero levelled on 65 minutes and then Eden Dzeko came off the bench to net the winner two minutes from time.

It was the Bosnian striker's sixth league goal of the season and his fifth as a substitute, ensuring City extended their unbeaten home run to 35 matches. Asked later if Dzeko was officially the club's ‘Super Sub', City's assistant manager David Platt replied: "We haven't called him 'super sub'… I wouldn't say it is his best role. It's not whether he scores after coming off the bench, it's whether he scores when he is on the field."

Tottenham must now regroup and prepare for next Saturday's game against Arsenal, a match of great significance for both clubs given their shaky starts to the season. "The derby is a different proposition," said Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas. "It is a positive for us because it represents so much for north London and Tottenham and Arsenal."

In Sunday's third result, [B] West Ham continued their fine start to the season with a 1-0 win away at [B] Newcastle. The result lifts the Hammers into sixth spot, one place above Tottenham and two clear of Arsenal who are in eighth.

Kevin Nolan scored the crucial goal for West Ham, netting against his old club on 37 minutes in what wasn't a classic encounter by any stretch of the imagination. "We are kicking ourselves," Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said later. "It was the West Ham performance we knew we were going to get but what we lacked was the verve and imagination to unlock them."

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