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Chelsea will deal with absence of Terry at PSG - Hiddink

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is confident the Blues will cope without captain John Terry on Tuesday night.

The West Londoners head to France to take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg but will do so without Terry who suffered a hamstring injury in the weekend's 5-1 win over Newcastle United.

With Kurt Zouma also injured, it leaves Hiddink with a shortage of options in central defence, but the Dutchman believes there will be enough cover to replace the influential skipper.

"We had the problem in the previous game against Newcastle and we have practiced, not because one player got an injury, but we do a lot of practising where we put other people in central defence," Hiddink said.

"So it was not a surprise for the players that we had to make some changes. Of course, not having John is a bit of a set-back, as a leader.

"But I am not the type of coach or manager who starts moaning, moaning and moaning. We have to go on and the players who will replace him, I have full confidence in them."

Of the injury, Hiddink added: "We made a test this morning and it didn't work out well. The decision was made to leave him at home. He was convinced he could not be of worth for the team at the moment.

"He has a little problem with his hamstring and on a little tendon in his hamstring area. That's why we made an ultimate test this morning and we decided not to participate."

Branislav Ivanovic is likely to partner Gary Cahill at centre-back with Baba Rahman playing on the left and Cesar Azpilicueta switching to the right as occurred following Terry's injury at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

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