John Terry: Aston Villa skipper suffers broken metatarsal in right foot

John Terry's early exit added to the pain of a first home league defeat of the season for Steve Bruce's Villa
John Terry's early exit added to the pain of a first home league defeat of the season for Steve Bruce's Villa

Former England captain John Terry says he is "devastated" after he suffered a broken metatarsal in his right foot in Aston Villa's home defeat by Sheffield Wednesday.

Skipper Terry was substituted on 20 minutes, when Villa were one down, and was then followed off by winger Robert Snodgrass who aggravated a rib injury.

Terry confirmed the extent of the damage on Instagram following a scan.

"I have just had news that I have broken my fifth metatarsal," he said.

"Devastated is an understatement to how I'm feeling tonight. I will be doing everything I can to get back fit as soon as possible."

Terry, 36, had played every minute of Villa's 16 matches in the Championship this season, following his summer arrival on a free transfer from Chelsea.

It was his 514th league game of a career in which he has made 739 club appearances and won 78 caps for England.

Villa lost the game 2-1, their first home defeat in the Championship this season, and they must now wait to find out how long Terry will be out.

"It doesn't look good for John," Villa boss Bruce told BBC WM. "It looks like he'll be out for a while. But let's hope the injury is not so bad and that he will be out for six and not 12 weeks.

"It was an awful afternoon compounded by the loss of both John and Snoddy."

As for Scotland international Snodgrass, Bruce is a lot more hopeful that he will recover quickly.

"I took a calculated gamble with Snoddy as he wanted to play," added Bruce. "But he'd cracked a couple of ribs and you could see he was in discomfort

"He was upset when he came off but that's typically Snoddy. I know from personal experience it's not easy playing with injections and strapping. But I had to try and protect him."

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