Chelsea clear way for John Terry to visit wife Toni in Dubai and miss FA Cup clash

03 February 2010 08:25
The media spotlight is currently on the England and Chelsea captain following revelations over his private life and alleged affair with Wayne Bridge's former partner, Vanessa Perroncel.

Terry's wife Toni is currently out in the Middle East attempting to come to terms with the allegations.

 Related ArticlesHull City 1 Chelsea 1Terry's captaincy untenable, FA tells CapelloTerry calls Baldini to discuss England futureTeam Terry, anyone?John Terry 'will miss FA Cup game to see wife in Dubai'Sutcliffe calls Terry captaincy into questionWhen asked whether Terry would be granted a leave of absence when Chelsea meet Cardiff in the FA Cup on Feb 13, Ancelotti said: "If he needs a holiday I will give him a holiday. If he doesn't need a holiday then he will play against Cardiff. You will see the line-up then.

"It is an issue for me and John Terry; it is not your problem, I think.

"For him nothing has changed. He has played a very good game and every game he is leading very well. He is doing his best every game."

Terry was on duty for the second time last night since the allegations into his private life broke. He captained Chelsea to a disappointing 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Hull City.

And Ancelotti refused to entertain the idea that the current spotlight on Terry could force Chelsea to lose focus.

"Nothing can disturb our concentration in this competition," said the Italian. "I think that Chelsea are focused for every game.

"Sometimes we play good football and sometimes we have more difficulty but the concentration is always on top.

"The atmosphere in the team is the same. No change."

Hull manager Phil Brown saw Steven Mouyokolo put the unfancied hosts ahead after half an hour only for Didier Drogba to level before the interval.

It was the Ivorian's 20th goal of the campaign and marked his return to the side following a month on African Nations Cup duty.

Brown said: "We went 1-0 up and I was disappointed with the goal we conceded. Not to go 2-1 up just before half-time was the biggest disappointment though, because Anthony Gardner had a great chance.

"Then you've got the second half and you've got to defend valiantly, which we did.

"But we played some great football too, we put them under pressure - no doubt about it. We fully deserved a point and maybe even all three."

Asked what influence, if any, the interest in Terry had on the match, the Hull manager was unconvinced.

He said: "You had the John Terry effect and you had the whole media circus that is surrounding this situation John finds himself in.

"For the team coach to come into the internal grounds of the KC Stadium and be followed by all the cameras.then you realise the intensity of the situation.

"But as far as we're concerned we were focused on playing football."

Source: Telegraph

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