Terry blow for England

John Terry is likely to miss the climax to England's World Cup qualifying campaign in October.

Sven-Goran Eriksson has already ruled the Chelsea centre-half out of England's double header with Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday and Northern Ireland in Belfast four days later.

But Terry is facing at least a month on the sidelines with the knee-ligament damage suffered during the weekend Premiership clash at Tottenham.

And that is giving the England coach cause for concern regarding the two qualifiers at Old Trafford against Austria and Poland which could decide whether England top Group Six.

It also means there is a major doubt over whether Terry will be fit for Chelsea's Champions League group match with Liverpool at Anfield on September 28.

Eriksson, who has added Fulham's Zat Knight to his squad, said: "John Terry came to see us this morning but we sent him home.

"He will not be ready for the Wales game and he will not be ready for Northern Ireland.

"Then we have to see if he will be ready for the October games because the doctors said he will be out for at least four weeks with a knee injury. We knew there was a problem on Monday after talks between our medical staff and those at Chelsea.

'I should always like to have John Terry with me'

"You had better ask our doctor and the Chelsea doctor but I think it is a ligament problem and four weeks is a long time."

Eriksson, who is also without injured duo Sol Campbell and Ledley King, wanted Terry to combat the physical threat offered by Welsh frontman John Hartson.

But he has every confidence in Jamie Carragher to fill the breach and added: "I should always like to have John Terry with me.

"Hartson is very dangerous because he's big, clever and a good header of the ball but we have good centre-backs so we have to deal with it.

"Jamie Carragher has improved a lot in the last year.

"I don't know if it is a Liverpool attitude but he never gives up and the game he played in the Champions League final was incredible."

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