John Terry was once given a sickening ‘hole in his foot’ by Premier League legend Wayne Rooney – but carried on playing.
The Chelsea captain was known for his commitment to the Blues throughout his 19-year spell with the club. And on one occasion in 2006, he was on the receiving end of a ferocious challenge from England teammate Rooney during a clash with Manchester United.
According to Argentine striker and ex-Blue Hernan Crespo, Terry came out of the tackle with a deep wound in his ankle. But the defender appeared unfazed and after pleading with the club physio, guided his team to a 3-0 win that helped Chelsea clinch the league over their rivals.
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Crespo told Ladbrokes at the launch of their World Cup Free-To-Play Halftime Quiz: "I was so lucky at Chelsea to play with so many great players. But in terms of one standout player, for me, it's simple: John Terry as my captain was just something special.
"I remember against Manchester United at the end of the season where we needed just a point to win the title, he had a bit of an argument with Wayne Rooney in the early stages, and then went in for a tackle against him where Rooney wanted revenge, so he made this really tough tackle on JT.
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“We didn't think too much of it and JT carried on playing but when we came into the dressing room at half-time, he took his boot off and his sock was completely full of blood. He took off his sock, and near to his ankle, there was a big hole in his foot.
“The physio wanted him to get treated as soon as possible, and wanted Jose Mourinho to substitute him off. ‘No, no, no. I'm playing the second-half.’”
Crespo revealed that Terry asked for an injection to be given in the hole on his foot before being strapped up and heading back out for the second-half.
The centre-back’s persistence allowed his side to grab three crucial points and win the title, but he turned up to training the next day on crutches. It came just one month before the World Cup in Germany, with Terry risking his own involvement by putting Chelsea first.
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