David Luiz is set to make his second debut for Chelsea against Liverpool on Friday after John Terry was ruled out for 10 days.
There were fears that Terry, 35, would be sidelined for months and not weeks after he limped away from the Liberty Stadium after the 2-2 draw on Sunday. But scans have revealed that the centre-back suffered only strained ligaments late on in the draw in south Wales.
He will though miss Friday night’s home clash with Liverpool and is likely to sit out next Tuesday’s trip to champions Leicester before being available for the trip to Arsenal on September 24.
The gap in Chelsea’s central defence will likely be filled by Luiz, who arrived back at the club on transfer deadline day for £34million. The Brazil defender is set to partner Gary Cahill at the heart of Chelsea’s back four.
In a post on his Instagram account, Terry wrote: “I have strained my ligaments in my ankle which means I will be out for 10 days.
“Absolutely gutted, but will be giving everything to get back playing.”
Conte was unimpressed by some of his side’s defending at the Liberty Stadium, although Terry escaped culpability for either of the Swansea goals.
The Chelsea statement read: “John Terry’s injury suffered in Sunday’s game at Swansea is strained ligaments in his foot. He will be out for approximately 10 days.
“Our captain was injured in the closing minutes of the 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium. He completed the game in pain and Antonio Conte confirmed afterwards the problem would need medical assessment.”