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John Terry to miss Club World Cup

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Chelsea skipper John Terry is set to miss the Club World Cup in Japan due to a knee injury suffered last month.

The 31 year old centre back picked up the injury in a collision with Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, and will not be making the trip to Japan as he has not recovered fully. The Chelsea players will be off to Japan soon after their match against Sunderland on Saturday, and Terry was declared unfit after an assessment by a medical team on Thursday.

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez is still searching for his first Premier League win after taking charge, and speaking after his team's defeat at West Ham last week, had said that his team sorely lacked the experience that players like Terry and Frank Lampard offer. After a brilliant start to the campaign, the Blues are now seeming like a rudderless ship, ten points behind leaders Manchester United.

Benitez will be eager to let Terry fully recover from his injury in order to not risk aggravating it, and the former England international's absence in the Club World Cup is certainly a small price to pay if the Blues want to utilize Terry's vast experience, and at least post a genuine challenge for the Premier League crown.