John Terry has admitted that playing through the pain barrier for Chelsea became second nature as he calls time on his lengthy Blues career.
The legendary Blues player, who called time on his Stamford Bridge career at the end of the 2016/17 season, spoke in-depth one last time to the club’s official website as he begun to think about life away from the club he has played for over the past two decades.
Terry explained why he “would do it again tomorrow” if he was asked to play for his beloved Chelsea in spite of a knock, bruise or strain if it meant they had a better chance of winning a game, and revealed how one particular injury needed to be managed before and after training sessions due to its severity.
Asked how many times he had played with an injury, he said: “Numerous times.
“In the 2015 championship-winning season when I played every minute of every game, you just find a way. I have seen others do it, too. David Luiz and Gary Cahill, for the pair of them before the Champions League final to not play or train for weeks before was incredible.
“I remember in Jose Mourinho’s years he was desperate for me to play or train when I had a broken toe and a broken bone in my foot. I had to have two injections in my toe every day for a whole year, one before training and sometimes the doctor would have to come out and re-inject me because it wore off in training if it was a longer session than an hour.
“It was just a given for me. I would do it again tomorrow because it sounds crazy but you would give your life for the football club when they have given you so much over the years.”
Terry, who is unsure whether he will retire or carry on playing with another team, amassed 689 appearances and 17 titles during his 18-year career in London, and will have likely forced himself to play on in some of those crucial matches regardless of the fact that he may not have been 100% fit.
The 36-year-old went on to add that, as a player, it wasn’t in the realms of possibility to show opponents that he wasn’t fully fit, before going on to state that the support from the club’s fans – particularly during games – got him through the full 90 minutes.
He said: “You can’t (let them know you’re injured) but after games you do think I did well to get through that one, or there would be times before a game when you think I am struggling here, but you go out and the pain goes like that because you are in that zone and because the adrenaline kicks in.
“You have the supporters singing your name and that is when they have a massive part to play. When they sing names and give people a lift it is massive.”
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