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CHELSEA are willing to 'take risks' on order to patch up skipper John Terry for Chelsea's crucial run-in, according to Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo.
Skipper Terry will miss tomorrow's Premier League clash with Wigan as he rests the two ribs he fractured against Benfica, while Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard will also sit out a game Di Matteo insists is a must-win game as they battle for a top four place.
Terry is expected to return for a crucial period of four games in 10 days, including the FA Cup semi with Spurs, both legs of the Champions League semi against Barcelona and the league trip to Arsenal, but Di Matteo conceded it would be risky.
He said: “We had to take John off against Benfica because he sustained another knock on his rib and couldn't breathe.
“Now we are trying to manage the injury. He's not available for tomorrow ,and we have to see how quickly he can recover.
“It's an injury that's difficult to deal with, and we can't really do anything because it's in a position where it is difficult to treat it. With a rib injury, he needs time to heal. But every time he gets a knock he will go a step back.
“As with all the players, we always assess the risk factor. Sometimes you can play with a little pain, but if the pain is too much it's not worth it because he won't be able to play at his best level.
“We have to deal with the pain level and give him a bit of time to recover, so we will manage and assess him on a daily basis and see what we can do to make him better and be available for the team.”