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Cech hails 'fighter' Terry for playing through pain

JOHN Terry's relentless will to win is driving him to play through the pain of two cracked ribs, according to Chelsea team-mate Petr Cech.

Terry led a heroic rearguard action in Wednesday night's Champions League victory over Barcelona as he continued to defy the injury he suffered against Benfica three weeks earlier.

The Chelsea captain has only missed one game since and looks certain to play on in tomorrow's crucial Premier League clash at Arsenal. Terry also made a remarkable recovery from knee surgery when Roberto Di Matteo was appointed caretaker Blues boss six-and-a-half weeks ago, not the first time the defender had defied the medics to give everything to the Chelsea cause.

Cech said: "If you see him going off you know there is some problem because normally to the last second he will be fighting. JT has always been like that. I'm not surprised he is playing."

Terry stands in stark contrast to team-mate Didier Drogba, who has no qualms about making it clear he has been injured -- even when he appears not to have been touched.

Drogba's theatrics in the semi-final first leg infuriated Barca. Carles Puyol took umbrage when Drogba went down clutching his groin. Asked about the incident, Drogba joked: "Yes, I think my wife was worried!"