JT OP VERDICT IMMINENT
A decision on whether John Terry will undergo surgery on the back injury that has kept the captain out for four games will be made sooner rather than later, by order of the manager.
Speaking after he saw his team conceded their sixth goal in that period, Jose Mourinho said:
'I want John to be back as soon as possible and the medical department has to make a decision as soon as possible - and then we will see.
'At this moment I have no idea if he will have surgery. There is an option of another kind of treatment so whether he is out for three days, three week or three months, I don't know.
'The medical department speak to me about new surgery technologies that mean it can be an easy surgery where a player can be back in two weeks - but I don't know now if that is the option.
'They say to me the problem is to decide and I want them to make a quick decision.
'It is the same with Joe Cole,' he added. 'I have no idea if the option is surgery or not.'
Cole is out of action until the new year with a stress fracture in his foot.
'With that kind of injury, some medical philosophy is for surgery, another philosophy is to wait for the bone healing - so for the moment, these two players I have no idea when they can be back.'
Mourinho's injury list that also includes keepers Cech and Cudicini was added to when Arjen Robben suffered an injury in training before the Reading game that though not serious, is expected to keep him out of the remaining holiday games.
'Normally if you lose Joe Cole, you still have Robben. To lose the two you have a different problem,' explained a frustrated Mourinho who also expressed his faith in the Chelsea medical staff.
'Ricardo Carvalho has been injured for a long time but they keep having him playing because of the great job they do.
'With Petr Cech it is amazing work they are doing. We were thinking about Cech being back for February but at this moment we think he will be back for January.'
'My medical department is good and honest and I am happy with them.'