Chelsea boss Joe Mourinho has revealed that John Terry is a major doubt for England's World Cup qualifier against Wales next weekend.
Terry picked up a knee injury during Chelsea's 2-0 win over Tottenham and Mourinho rates him doubtful for the trip to Cardiff.
The strapping defender soldiered on after picking up his injury, but Mourinho feels he may not be fit to for England's key clash with Wales.
"He has a problem with his knee," said Mourinho. "I think another player, more sensitive without his mind to play through pain, would have been off.
"I don't know about England. He has to join up for the medical department to see him and take reports.
"They have two matches and maybe he can't play the first one, but can play the second one.
"It's a decision for them and I support every decision that they make."
England boss Sven Goran Eriksson is already without Sol Campbell and Ledley King, which could open the door for Jamie Carragher to partner Rio Ferdinand at the heart of the back four.
Jose Mourinho was pleased that his Chelsea team kept their concentration after Spurs were reduced to ten men.
Mourinho believes that maturity from his players ensured that they punished Spurs in a 2-0 win after Mido's 25th minute dismissal.
"[A dismissal] changes the game when you play well," said Mourinho.
"When you forget about playing against ten men and remember that the game is still difficult you make it easy for yourself.
"Sometimes against ten men you don't play well. The concentration is not the same and you lose points.
"But my team were very solid and very mature in a tactical and mental way."
Mourinho saved special praise for Shaun Wright-Phillips, who had a huge impact after coming off the bench - creating the second goal for Damien Duff.
"The point with Shaun is that I have to choose: Shaun to start or Shaun to come on later.
"He is a crucial player who can change matches for me.
"Sometimes I will start with him and sometimes I will bring him on, but today I expected a very tough match and I thought Joe Cole and Duff were more capable because he has just arrived."
Manchester United's Gabriel Heinze has questioned the team spirit at Chelsea, following comments made by Ricardo Carvalho about manager Jose Mourinho.
Heinze, who has been a huge hit since arriving at United, has publicly questioned whether Carvalho's outburst is indicative of a problem at Stamford Bridge.
"Team spirit is vital in whatever club and I see a lot of unity in our dressing room - even last season when things didn't go well we were united," Heinze told The People.
"I don't know how things are at Chelsea but the things that Carvalho said make you wonder.
"I would never have said those things because you win your place in the team in training, not for being outspoken.
"Just the mention of the name [Sir Alex] Ferguson earns respect. He is an institution in world football and he has so much experience.
"I've seen Chelsea's first two games and they haven't really impressed me.
"They don't look as formidable as last season - they won at Wigan with a late Crespo goal and the Arsenal game would normally have ended as a draw."
Newcastle United's Scott Parker has insisted that he made the right move by joining Chelsea 18 months ago, but is happy to now play under Graeme Souness.
Parker found himself unable to hold down a regular place in the Chelsea side, and was sold on in the summer.
The former Charlton man does not regret his somewhat controversial decision to leave The Addicks for Chelsea, stating that he had a fine relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.
"Mourinho is a man you can speak to," Parker told The Sunday Times.
"He's just a normal bloke. Maybe it's my background, but I like to say it how it is. I'm not the type to be opinionated about others, but when it comes to myself, I want to be frank.
"The conversation would always be, 'Makelele's done well, but if he doesn't play, you play. Makelele's getting on a bit and when he stops playing well, you're next in and you'll stay there if you play well'.
"And I'd say that I understood. Mourinho was straight with me, although the last conversation I had with him was that I was wanted at Chelsea and I'd play a part in the future.
"It was after my injury second half of last season with a broken foot and I came away thinking I'd have a good summer, come back and give it a go.
"The next thing, Chelsea were listening to offers for me. But that's life. I turn the page.
"As a footballer the last thing you think is, 'I'll stay at Man City or Charlton. I'm not going to go to Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world, because I don't think I'll play'.
"You go and see if you can play. You back yourself to succeed. If I had the chance again, I'd have still moved.
"Imagine if I'd been sitting at Charlton watching Chelsea win the Premiership and thinking, 'I could have gone there but I didn't have the bottle'."
Souness has compared Parker to himself as a player, and the midfielder believes that Newcastle will re-establish themselves amongst the elite clubs in England.
"If somebody told me, 'Newcastle have finished fourth in the Premiership', I wouldn't think they had overachieved, I'd expect them to be up there.
"I compared that to certain other clubs who wanted me.
"Newcastle have a potential that few can match. I'm impressed with the manager. He's a straight guy, a man's man. As a player, honesty's all you want."
New Everton signing Nuno Valente has revealed how Jose Mourinho told him to move to Goodison Park.
The Portuguese international joined The Toffees from Porto on a three-year deal over the weekend.
Valente, 30, has now admitted that Mourinho played a part in his move.
"Jose told me it was a very exciting opportunity," said Valente.
"I am very grateful to Jose. He made it clear that Everton are a very good club and that they would be suitable for me.
"Jose's input was very important and he spoke very highly of the way Everton play.
"I am very excited to have the chance of playing in the Premiership because it was a dream for me. When I knew that I had to leave Porto, I wanted to test myself in another country and England was always top of my list.
"Jose also told me that David is a very good coach. I am angry with Porto with the way that they have treated me but that is in the past and now I want to look forward to the challenge of helping Everton enjoy lots of success."
Meanwhile, Everton chief David Moyes has backed Tony Hibbert's claims for an international place.
"I know the games are important now, it is not as if there are friendlies for a player to bed in, but I don't think Tony Hibbert would have been out of place if he had been given an opportunity. And maybe stepping up to that level will help him as well," he said.
Terry ruled out of England qualifiers
Chelsea defender John Terry has been ruled out of England's squad ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Wales due to a knee injury.
Terry sustained the injury during Chelsea's weekend Premiership game at Tottenham but played on to help his team secure a 2-0 victory.
Sven-Goran Eriksson is already without Sol Campbell and Ledley King through injury, meaning Jamie Carragher or Matthew Upson are now set to partner Rio Ferdinand against Wales.
Terry reported for duty with the rest of the England squad at lunchtime today and was assessed by the England medical staff before being sent back to his club for treatment.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had raised the prospect of Terry missing the Wales game, although possibly being fit to face Northern Ireland in Belfast four days later, after the match against Tottenham.
'John Terry has a problem with his knee,' Mourinho revealed after the game at White Hart Lane.
'I think that another player would have come off.
'I don't know about England. He has to join up for the medical department to see him and take reports. They have two matches and maybe he can't play the first one, but can play the second one.'
With right-back Gary Neville already ruled out through injury, England are therefore set to field a rather makeshift back four against Wales in Cardiff.
Indeed, with Carragher in contention with Phil Neville to cover at right-back, Eriksson may now decide to call up extra defensive cover ahead of the Wales game.
The England coach is still hoping Steven Gerrard will be fit to face Wales after missing Liverpool's European Super Cup tie against CSKA Moscow last Friday with a calf injury, while he was also checking on the fitness of Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants to start afresh with Uefa after the relationship between the two became strained last season.
The Portuguese tactician was banned for two European matches last term for his comments regarding Swedish referee Anders Frisk and Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard.
Mourinho could only watch from the sidelines as The Blues knocked out Bayern Munich over two legs in the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League before returning to the sidelines against Liverpool.
The former Porto boss wants to erase the memory of last season's events and is happy to follow Uefa's example should they choose to wipe the slate clean ahead of this year's Champions League campaign.
"I have to forget what they did to me with the ban and we have to start with a clean sheet," said Mourinho. "If they want to start with a clean sheet I will do the same.
"I can't separate my career as a manager from Uefa - I did a lot of important things in my career connected with them, I won the Uefa Cup and the Champions League.
"I am in Uefa's history and they are my history and no-one can break this, so the best thing is to forget what's happened and have a clean sheet.
"The reality is it was two matches where I couldn't work against Bayern Munich, against Liverpool I could do my work."
Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed that Chelsea defender John Terry will be out of action for a month, with the Swede confirming Fulham stopper Zat Knight has been drafted in as cover.
Terry damaged a knee against Tottenham at the weekend and tests on Monday confirmed the defender will miss England's upcoming qualifiers with Wales and Northern Ireland.
Chelsea have yet to comment on the severity of Terry's injury, but Eriksson stated that the rugged defender will be sidelined for around four weeks.
This will come as a major blow to Chelsea's domestic and European aspirations, while it leaves Eriksson with a big hole in his defensive options which he hopes will be filled by Knight.
"We sent him (Terry) home, he is not ready. He will be out for at least four weeks with the knee injury," Eriksson said at a press conference on Tuesday. "We knew about this yesterday, he came in but there is no chance he can play football.
"Zat Knight is coming in, he did well in America and we are looking at him regularly."
England are blessed with a plethora of central defensive quality, but with Terry joining Ledley King, Sol Campbell and Gary Neville in the treatment room Eriksson's options are limited.
Eriksson is likely to field Jamie Carragher alongside Rio Ferdinand against Wales and he is confident he has the players at his disposal to secure three points.
"A lot of people are saying if all [centre backs] are fit it will give me a problem, but so far I have not seen all of them fit. It is good to have many options," added the Swede.
Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and Chris Kirkland sat out training on Tuesday, but Eriksson is confident all will be fit to face Wales at the weekend.
Liverpool star Gerrard is the only major worry, with Beckham and Kirkland expected to take part in full training on Wednesday.
"Steven Gerrard did good work, not with the ball," added Eriksson. "He will do the same tomorrow and on Thursday he will join the rest of the group. We think he will be ready for Saturday.
"David Beckham has a sore foot, Kirkland is a bit stiff. But all except Steven Gerrard will train tomorrow."
Eriksson is seeking six points from the next two games against Wales and Northern Ireland, in order to keep England on track for next summer's World Cup Finals in Germany.
"Four points will keep us on course, but six will be better and that is what we are aiming for," he stated.
"If we want to win the group we cannot drop any points before we meet Poland because I can't see them dropping any points before they meet us."
England were thumped against Denmark in a friendly recently, but Eriksson has stressed there will not be a repeat of the performance in Copenhagen.
"What happened in the second half in Copenhagen was bad and will not be repeated," said Eriksson. "You can never predict what will happen in a football match, but we will not lose in that way - I can promise you.
"I showed them (the players) a video and I don't think they liked what they saw, but I think that was right they saw it.
"We had the wrong attitude second half, which is hard to explain as it was perfect in the first half. Then we went on holiday and I am sorry it happened."
Sections of the media have criticised Eriksson for his laid-back attitude on the bench, but he says he will not swerve from the style that has yielded honours all over Europe.
"I will carry on," he declared. "I am not that type and I have never been. If you lose you are criticised, but it will not change the way I train."
Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo will miss Argentina's upcoming game with Paraguay after sustaining an injury.
Jose Pekerman's side are due to face their opponents in South American World Cup qualifying in Asuncion on Saturday, although will now be deprived of the former Milan man after he suffered a tear in his left adductor.
Pekerman is presented with something of a striking crisis after also being denied the services of Atletico Madrid's Luciano Galetti due to injury.
With Carlos Tevez and Luciano Figueroa not included Argentina have just Cruz Azul's Marcelo Delgado and Porto's Lisandro Lopez to choose from, although Barcelona wonderkid Lionel Messi may be utilised in a makeshift role.
Argentina have already sealed their place at next year's finals in Germany and if Pekerman opts to draft in a replacement he may have to call on those forwards registered with domestic sides.
Meanwhile, Paraguay have received a striking boost with the news that Bayern Munich's Roque Santa Cruz has been passed fit for Saturday's clash.
The 24-year-old had been struggling with a thigh injury but will now be available for coach Anibal Ruiz as he looks to build on the useful fourth place that Paraguay currently occupy in the group.
"The doctor of Bayern Munich told me that he is fit for playing so they have authorised the player to come to the match against Argentina," said Paraguay doctor Osvaldo Insfran.
"He is okay so he will be training with the rest of the team, then the coach will decide if he makes him play or not.
"Bayern gave us a very good piece of news telling us that Roque could come because he isn't only very important on the pitch, he is also respected a lot by his team-mates outside the pitch."
Jose Mourinho believes it will be 'job done' if he bags three more Premiership titles and the UEFA Champions League during his five-year contract at Chelsea.
The Portuguese coach is never one to keep his personal goals to himself, and he has set out his plan of attack for the coming years.
Mourinho wants to see his side dominate the English game during the remaining four years of his current contract, and has targeted three more titles and a European success.
"I think I can change the mentality a bit of Chelsea and Chelsea players, the club and the team, to reach what Roman Abramovich tried to tell me when he was trying to persuade me to come to Chelsea," said Mourinho.
"Now I have a five-year contract (the aim) is to make Chelsea dominant in England, so we need to win more titles.
"If for example in this time I can win three more championships with Chelsea and one or two more cups, if we can get a table full of trophies and one Champions League I think the job is done."
Asier Del Horno could not be happier with the start he has made to his Chelsea career.
The 24-year-old has played a major role in The Blues' perfect start to the new season and he is delighted with how things are going in West London.
"Everything has started really well for me," he told El Correo Vasco.
"I had a few doubts about how everything was going to work in the first few days, but everything is going very well for me.
"I hope I can carry on like this until the end of the season, it will be difficult, but I want to maintain my level."
Ryan Giggs admits he is concerned why some players are choosing to join Chelsea ahead of Manchester United.
The Premiership champions' awesome spending power has seen a string of leading names flock to Stamford Bridge during the past two years.
Roman Abramovich's millions have bankrolled the signings and left United in the unfamiliar role of paupers in comparison.
Chelsea's continued quest to attract the best players has occasionally been at the expense of The Red Devils, with the prime example being Arjen Robben.
The Holland international was courted by United and appeared poised to move to Old Trafford from PSV Eindhoven in 2004.
But Robben eventually plumped for a switch to Chelsea and Giggs is worried that it could set a trend which will damage United's future prospects for recruiting fresh faces.
"When Robben signed for Chelsea I thought 'Why is he signing for them and not for us?'," queried Giggs.
"As with [Damien] Duff before him, it worried me he'd be choosing Chelsea in preference to us.
"Robben had been to Manchester and had a look round before making his mind up.
"He was shown around Carrington, as good a training ground as you'll find. I'm told the place Chelsea were using at the time was poor by comparison so it can't have been the facilities that persuaded him.
"It must have been the money. United didn't have the resources Roman Abramovich was providing."
Jose Mourinho has welcomed Frank Arnesen to Chelsea as he officially started his job as director of football.
Arnesen left Tottenham in a cloud of controversy and was not allowed to start his job at Stamford Bridge while a hefty compensation package was agreed.
The former Denmark international will now try and find the cream of world's footballing talent to add to Mourinho's star-studded squad.
Portuguese coach Mourinho has welcomed the addition to the club, but says it will not alter his job too much.
"In relation to my job, it will be the same," said Mourinho.
"But, of course, I will have in him a person with a lot of experience in his area and someone I will be looking for when I need advice or information.
"That's the reason why he's coming - he can be a plus for some areas in the club.
"In spite of him not working directly with me, we work for Chelsea so we have to co-operate.
"I have known him for many years and I am pleased he is coming."
Ashley Cole will continue to challenge his fine for the alleged tapping up of Chelsea over the summer.
The Arsenal defender was left devastated by the decision of the Premier League to hand down a fine after he had been found guilty of holding illegal talks over a move to Stamford Bridge.
Although the fine was reduced on appeal, Cole will not give up his fight to be declared innocent of wrongdoing and will take his case to the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS).
A statement from the player's solicitor, Graham Shear read: "I can confirm that an appeal to the decision of the Football Association Premier League (FAPL) has been lodged, on Ashley Cole's behalf, with the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
"We hope that CAS will hear the appeal in the next few months."
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and chief executive Peter Kenyon were also fined for their part in the incident - with the former's penalty reduced from £200,000 to £75,000 on appeal.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had urged Cole to stop the pursuit of clearing his name and concentrate on playing, but the England international appears determined not to let the case drop.
Chelsea and Mourinho handed clean slate by UEFA
UEFA have promised to allow Chelsea and Jose Mourinho to begin the new season with a clean slate.
The Chelsea manager was banned for two Champions League matches last season for his comments about Swedish referee Anders Frisk and Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard.
Several UEFA officials were fiercely critical of Mourinho and the club but Chelsea's efforts to restore peace this season appear to have been successful.
Mourinho attended UEFA's elite coaches forum yesterday as a gesture of co-operation and earlier this week appealed for a fresh start with European football's governing body.
UEFA communications director William Gaillard said: 'It's a tradition in football that once a player has been sanctioned or fined they then start afresh with a clean sheet and from our point of view we adhere to that idea.
'Chelsea are part of the football family, Jose Mourinho was invited to the elite coaches forum this week and he came.
'We recognise that he has brought something new and positive to club football. As far as we are concerned the story of last season is over.'
Gaillard rejected suggestions that UEFA felt snubbed by Petr Cech and John Terry not picking up their awards as goalkeeper and defender of the season in person in Monaco last week.
He added: 'Every year some players cannot make it to pick up the awards. They had an important match on the Saturday and we went to Stamford Bridge to film a message from them.'
Frisk retired from refereeing after receiving death threats from Chelsea extremists following the Champions League match in Barcelona.
Mourinho was fined and banned by UEFA in March after writing in his column in Portuguese magazine Dez Record: 'It was an adulterated result. When I saw Rijkaard enter the referee's room at half-time I couldn't believe it... when Drogba was sent off I wasn't surprised.'
Plus, UEFA are to form a European coaches circle to provide technical advice and other support to managers. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been appointed as the circle's first chairman.
Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has thanked the club for making the effort to keep him at the Vicente Calderon.
The 21-year-old is one of Spanish football's brightest talents, having attracted the interest of Premiership champions Chelsea with his attacking abilities in recent seasons.
Torres was the subject of a reported £25.9 million bid from Newcastle United, who saw the talented youngster as a back-up option, had they failed to sign Michael Owen from Real Madrid.
Owen completed his move to Tyneside for around £16 million on Wednesday, though the North East club seemingly made sure they had options available in order to land a new striker before Wednesday's deadline.
Speaking to his club's official website, Torres admitted his delight at staying with the Primera Liga club and the loyalty that Atletico has shown to him.
"Newcastle's offer came at the last minute when the Primera Liga had already started," said Torres. "(The club) didn't even listen to the offer.
"I know how important that money would have been for the club and for that reason, I want to thank them for their effort in order to keep me at Atletico.
"The truth is that I'm very happy they didn't negotiate."
The Spain international, meanwhile, is currently with Luis Aragones' squad preparing to face Concacaf nation Canada in a friendly on Saturday evening in Santander.