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John Terry will have a knee operation on Wednesday which is expected to rule him out for up to eight weeks, heaping problems on Andre Villas-Boas but easing a dilemma for Stuart Pearce.

England’s caretaker manager Pearce names his squad on Thursday for next week’s friendly against Holland and Terry’s absence removes the thorny issue of whether he should be selected.

Terry denies a charge of using racist language towards Anton Ferdinand during a game against Queens Park Rangers in October but the case has been adjourned until July.

That prompted the FA to strip him of the England captaincy, leading directly to Fabio Capello resigning as manager.

Terry’s participation in this summer’s European Championship in any capacity must also be in question.

Even if he returns in April for the end of the season, he will play only a few games before the squad is picked, and the identity of the man picking that squad is still unknown.

For Chelsea manager Villas-Boas, the consequences are more immediate as he fights to secure his future at Stamford Bridge without the experience of his skipper in central defence.

Terry, 31, will miss key Barclays Premier League games against Manchester City, Tottenham and possibly Arsenal, an FA Cup replay and the second leg of the Champions League tie against Napoli.

The operation is an arthroscopy to explore the extent of bone bruising to his right knee which has been causing pain.

Such bruising is usually caused when two bones jar together but the timescale of six to eight weeks which Chelsea are putting on a return suggests some further surgical work is expected.

‘Hopefully John will be out for less than six weeks,’ said Villas-Boas.

Terry has not played since an FA Cup fourth-round tie at QPR on January 28 which was overshadowed by his reunion with Ferdinand and missing handshakes.

It was only four days before the opening of Terry’s court case concerning the October clash.

With hindsight, it seems Terry was not fully fit and ought to have missed the game against Rangers but he was determined not to dodge the rematch with Ferdinand.

In so doing, he further aggravated a knee problem which had been nagging away for some time. Terry returned to training last week and travelled to Naples in the hope of playing some part in the Champions League game.

He trained with the squad in the San Paolo Stadium on Monday evening but was still reporting slight pain in his knee and the decision was made to go ahead with an operation.

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