Posted on: Fri 29 Dec 2006

John Terry has been jogging at Chelsea's Cobham training ground less than 24 hours after he underwent surgery on his injured back.


The Chelsea and England captain flew back from France where the operation was carried out on Friday morning and was soon back out on the grass, pictured here working with physio Denis Talbot.


'The instructions from the surgeon were to run the day after surgery. That is great for us and great for John,' club doctor Bryan English has told Chelsea TV.


English accompanied Terry to France and back.


'We are not going to do anything with John that is going to cause him problems. I am not in the game of pushing him out there because it is for the benefit of Chelsea Football Club but I also don't want to hold him back unnecessarily.


'When I hear so called experts say that he is going to have a six week recovery - I won't say exactly how long he is going to take to recover - but when people comment when they don't know his pathology, what he has had done or who he has been working with then I have a bit of a problem with that.'


The operation removed a sequestrated lumbar intervertebral disc. A revolutionary new technique was chosen.


'For John's particular diagnosis, which we came to a conclusion on 10 days ago, we tried injection therapy to relieve it which was unsuccessful,' explains English,'which is why we went down the lines of surgery.


'You always keep your player away from surgery if you can.


'With this particular diagnosis, there is a way of removing the prolapsed disc which involves not cutting through any contractile structure - no muscle, no ligaments - just the disc that is causing the problem.


'It is removing it via an endoscope with an optic camera to see exactly what you are doing.


'It is a difficult procedure and I am sure troublesome in the wrong hands.


'It took a few days to find out the best person to do it because we are not going to send someone like John Terry to anybody other than who we think is the best and most experienced person in the world.


'All arrows pointed to Dr. Jean Destandau, a neurosurgeon in France, to do it.


'If there had been someone along those lines with that level of experience doing that technique in the UK, I am sure we would have used them.


'We still need to monitor John and see how we go but 24-48 hours after surgery, there are "no restrictions" to get back. I won't be drawn into what game he will be back but I am sure it will lead people to draw their own conclusions.'