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Terry to miss Club World Cup

7 December 2012 18:02

Chelsea captain John Terry has been ruled out of the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan due to a knee injury.

Terry has been sidelined since November 11 after damaging knee ligaments in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

The 31-year-old was expected to return to action earlier this month but has instead been given further time to recover.

"Terry will not fly to Japan because the doctor has warned of an inflammation and said that flying is not the best idea," Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez said.

"The first conversation I had with him, he was quite excited because it's a new competition and a great opportunity.

"But after we spoke with the doctor it was decided that he would stay here. He wanted to go, he wanted to help, but it's better that he stays here.

"He's training very hard with the physios, but the knee is a special case, we'll have to see what happens."

Chelsea face Sunderland on Saturday before travelling to Japan to represent Europe in the tournament featuring club champions from all six FIFA confederations.

Bentiez's men enter at the semi-final stage, where they will meet South Korean side Ulsan Hyundai or Mexican team Monterrey on December 13.

Meanwhile, Monterrey coach Victor Vucetich is confident his side can win the Club World Cup after recent disappointments.

"This time we do have the confidence that we can go up to the final because we are fully prepared," he said.

"Compared to last year we know how the Club World Cup works and I think that gives us the advantage of having the experience to do well here.

"In any case, we understand that the first match is important and we have fully prepared for it and we believe that we can win up until the final."

Monterrey defender Jose Maria Basanta has backed the use of goal line technology at the tournament.

"The world is advancing in terms of the technology every day so in that sense to introduce goal line technology, I think it's good," Basanta said.

"By using this, we will be able to have a clear decision and judgement of whether the goal has been scored or not.

"Up until now, the human eye was making the decision but then the human eye does miss small details."

Corinthians coach Tite said doing the homework on the opposition was a key to progressing in the competition.

"We have seen Hiroshima and we know about them," he said.

"We are going to see about Al-Ahly because we haven't watched them yet but we will do our research on them as a team and as individuals. All of this is necessary if we are going to do well. But it's not just about these two teams.

"We must apply this to all of the other teams too. In our scheduling though we have time to watch these games.

"We already knew the Hiroshima result because we watched on the bus so we are doing the basics."

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