The last time I played fit? Maybe five years, maybe more, I can't really remember.

The last time I played fit? Maybe five years, maybe more, I can't really remember.

Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed that injury problems have left him short of full fitness for the last five years.

The Stamford Bridge stalwart is currently nursing a nagging nerve problem carried over from last season and is facing up to a prolonged spell on the sidelines.

He has finally been forced to take a break and seek medical assistance after deciding that he could no longer rely on pain-killing injections to get him through games.

Terry hopes a long-term cure for the problem can be found, as he admits it has been a long time since he could consider himself to be in full health.

“The last time I played fit? Maybe five years, maybe more, I can’t really remember,” he told theDaily Mail.

“If you can take an anti-inflammatory and struggle through, you do.

“The pain from this injury is the worst I have had, there is no way I can continue.

“I’m 30 next month and I’ve got to start looking after myself.”

Rethink

Terry once said, ahead of the 2008 UEFA Champions League final, that he was fully prepared to face the consequences of his actions and did not mind if he spent his retirement in a wheelchair if he could look back on a successful career.

He has altered that stance somewhat since then, though, with the England international mindful that his young family must be his priority.

“It’s funny, I was reading what I said about ending up in a wheelchair the other day and I thought to myself, ‘You know mate, that’s probably not your best plan’,” he added.

“I’d rather play with my kids in the garden, thank you very much. I hope people will appreciate that.

“I’d like to rethink the wheelchair idea, please.”

Spotlight

Terry has also confessed to his disappointment at seeing the England armband stripped from him by Fabio Capello in February 2010.

The Three Lions coach took that course of action in the wake of allegaions about Terry’s private life, and the Blues ace admits to feeling slightly aggrieved at the decision.

He said: “I understood the decision at the time.

“Fabio said he wanted to take the spotlight off me, although if I am honest I thought it had the reverse effect. But I would never dislike him for that.”

He added: “I suppose the only time I felt disappointed was during the next game against Egypt, which was a friendly, and the armband got passed around between five or six players.”

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