Hiddink rues Terry's abrupt 'swansong'

IGNOMINIOUS FAREWELL? Chelsea's Terry (on the ground, in blue) with referee Mike Jones during the match against Sunderland. With the 35-year-old rumoured to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, Saturday's 3-2 defeat may have been his last league game for the London club.


    May 09, 2016

    Hiddink rues Terry's abrupt 'swansong'


    GUUS Hiddink has expressed his sadness that John Terry is set to be denied a proper Chelsea send-off after his red card at Sunderland.

    The former England defender, who has been tipped to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, will serve a two-match suspension after collecting two late yellow cards in the dramatic 3-2 Premier League defeat at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

    That means the 35-year-old Chelsea great will miss the midweek trip to Liverpool and the final-day visit of Premier League champions Leicester City. This brings an abrupt end to a near-two-decade career at the London club who have seen him make more than 700 appearances since his debut in 1998.

    With his contract set not to be renewed when it expires after this season, Terry looks to have played his 489th and final league game for Chelsea.

    Criticising referee Mike Jones' decision to award Terry a second yellow card for an injury-time foul on Sunderland goalscorer Wahbi Khazri, interim Chelsea manager Hiddink said: "If he doesn't play for Chelsea again, it is sad."

    With second-bottom Norwich losing on Saturday and Newcastle being held to a goalless draw at already-relegated Aston Villa, Sunderland climbed out of the bottom three thanks to only their fifth home win of the season.

    Victory over Everton in their penultimate game on Wednesday will seal a 10th consecutive top flight campaign and a fourth straight "great escape" from a Sunderland team who have turned brinkmanship into an art in recent campaigns.

    It would also have the effect of relegating both Newcastle, their arch north-eastern rivals, and Norwich.

    "It's in our own hands now, and we'll be gutted if we don't see it through," said Sam Allardyce, the Sunderland manager.