Chelsea skipper John Terry could have played his final game for the club following his sending-off at Sunderland yesterday.
Terry was dismissed for the second time this season and the sixth time in the Barclays Premier League for two bookable offences late on as the Blues lost 3-2 at the Stadium of Light and will now be banned for the midweek trip to Liverpool and Sunday’s visit of champions Leicester.
As a result, the 35-year-old defender, who made his debut in October 1998 and is out of contract this summer, appears to have pulled on the blue shirt for the last time after revealing in January that he would be leaving Stamford Bridge.
The club has insisted an offer may be forthcoming, with incoming head coach Antonio Conte having a major say in the final decision, but there has been no sign of one so far and current boss Guus Hiddink remains uncertain over the former England defender’s future.
Terry’s appearance on Wearside could be his last, and Hiddink said: “For the club, I don’t know, but it’s sad, of course, that he was sent off for a second yellow, and it’s the second sending-off, which by the rules means he will suspended (for both games).”
Asked if it would be a sad way for Terry to end his Chelsea career, Hiddink added: “Yes, of course. We don’t know what his future is at this moment but for this season, it’s sad because it would have been lovely to have had in our last game at home, the Leicester game, the champions and have a very nice party game, let’s call it that, and it’s sad that he is not participating in that.”