Departing Chelsea captain John Terry could be set for a dramatic return to the club’s first team for the FA Cup semi-final clash with Tottenham this weekend, following reports that Gary Cahill has spent two nights in hospital this week.
Marcos Alonso was ruled out of last weekend’s clash with Manchester United at the 11th hour due to illness, and reports followed that the problem swept through the Chelsea squad and was an apparent reason for their underperformance in the 2-0 defeat. However, Cahill started to feel ill on Monday and according to the Telegraph, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday.
Cahill underwent tests and was only released on Thursday – just two days before the crunch London derby fixture at Wembley. It is understood that Cahill’s issue is not related to the one that affected the squad around the United defeat, but the reports come as another thing that could potentially unsettle the league leaders ahead of the game.
Spurs have closed the gap on Chelsea to four points in the Premier League table with a handful of games to go, and could strike a huge psychological blow to the Blues with a win in the cup.
Cahill has proven to be one of the club’s key players this season and was named in this week’s PFA Team of the Year, along with a host of other players from both Chelsea and Spurs. John Terry and Kurt Zouma are on standby in case Cahill doesn’t make the cut for selection, but his absence would come as a huge blow to Antonio Conte’s ambitions of winning a domestic double.