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Terry's injury not serious although full diagnosis pending, return in early 2013 looks likely

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Chelsea fans breathed a massive sigh of relief in unison when the initial medical reports of captain John Terry ruled out a serious injury although doctors are waiting for the swelling to subside before running MRI scans to determine the full extent of damage. The central defender picked up a knee injury after an accidental collision with Luis Suarez when Chelsea faced Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Chelsea skipper was making his first league appearance after more than a month’s absence after accepting FA’s ban in the race row issue. The 31 year-old played a key role in his short time on the pitch, scoring Chelsea’s only goal on the evening as the Blues succumbed to a 1-1 draw against Liverpool.

The Daily Mail reported that the medical staff believed the injury appeared to be more serious than it really was and also explained that they would have to wait for the swelling to subside to know the actual extent of the injury to the player’s right knee.

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo feared that the player could have picked up a serious knee ligament injury and the absence of the Blues legend in defence could hurt their chances to bounce back from an ordinary three weeks by Chelsea's high standards. The Blues now sit 3 points behind league leaders Manchester United and the fans are hopeful that the captain can return to action soon to inspire Chelsea to retake top spot in the Premier League.

It was earlier feared that Terry could be out for the rest of the season, but there is cause for optimism now that he might return in the new year.