FA urged to charge Dempsey over Terry

By MATT LAWTON

Last updated at 20:49 30 September 2007


Chelsea will urge the Football Association to take action against Fulham's Clint Dempsey after studying video evidence of the collision that left John Terry with a fractured cheekbone on Saturday.

The England and Chelsea captain had surgery yesterday and has told Steve McClaren he still hopes to be fit for the European Championship qualifiers against Estonia on Saturday week and Russia four days later.

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Terry is even prepared to wear a protective mask for the Champions League match in Valencia on Wednesday, although club officials think that is too ambitious. Chelsea are incensed with Dempsey for what they believe was a deliberate elbow and they were thought to be considering their options.

Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez defended his man by insisting the American was 'not the kind of player who would do something like that deliberately'.

Referee Martin Atkinson did not award a free-kick so that leaves Dempsey vulnerable to censure from the FA if they consider a charge of violent conduct appropriate. Chelsea manager Avram Grant said: 'I didn't see the incident but the players said it was an elbow."

Losing Terry is the last thing Chelsea and England need, even if McClaren will be encouraged to hear Michael Owen could be available for Estonia and Russia after a double hernia operation.

Terry

Contact: Terry is struck by Dempsey

Owen can return to training immediately and he said: "I shall cling to that hope for England. The doctor gave me the go-ahead to start jogging on Monday. But within five minutes of surgery I was standing up and walking around. That would have been unheard of a few years back."

McClaren said: "We've still got time. I know from when I name the squad we still won't know who is going to be fit, but that is international management."

As for Chelsea, they are in danger of losing more coaching staff in addition to players through injury.

The club yesterday denied that assistant manager Steve Clarke is preparing to quit during this month's international break but Sportsmail understands he is ready to listen to offers.