Chelsea captain John Terry is ready to play through the pain barrier to face Manchester United in next week's Champions League final.

The Times says Terry is willing to have painkilling injections to get through the Moscow clash. The 27-year-old's fitness levels are such that he will be permitted to sit out training until the start of next week if necessary, with a final decision being delayed until he has come through some physical contact. Terry has been reassured by club medical staff that the elbow is less likely to pop out of its socket again than a dislocated shoulder.

Ricardo Carvalho is expected back in training tomorrow after ten days out with a back problem, but even his return would not compensate for the loss of the inspirational Terry.