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Martin Keown: Chelsea's John Terry has lost mobility since his 2006 back surgery

19 Apr 2010 00:04:22

Martin Keown: Chelsea's John Terry has lost mobility since his 2006 back surgery

There was talk after John Terry's back surgery in 2006 that he had lost some mobility and that was underlined against Tottenham. He looked uncomfortable against the small, tricky Jermain Defoe on the edge of the box in the first half. Lacking pace, Terry has to get to work early, as he cannot recover like other defenders. He has to take risks like flying in for the tackle on Gareth Bale, which earned him a second yellow card. In hindsight, he might have been better to stay on his feet and try to shepherd Bale into the corner. Rash challenge: Terry dives in on Tottenham's Gareth Bale Terry's exposure like that may spell trouble for the World Cup, where there will be plenty of fast, short players with low centres of gravity. To defend at international level, you need blistering pace. When I faced Romario and Ronaldo against Brazil, they were faster than lightning and stopped as if they had ABS brakes. To top it off, Terry will be missing against Stoke, when his qualities would have been invaluable.  CHELSEA


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