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Terry takes weekend off to sort out private life

John Terry will take a break from football after being given permission to miss Chelsea's FA Cup tie against Cardiff this weekend.

Terry, who was sacked as England captain last week, remains at the centre of a media storm over allegations about his private life.

The 29-year-old played in Chelsea's 2-1 Premier League loss at Everton last night but has now been given time by manager Carlo Ancelotti to address his personal issues. Assistant manager Ray Wilkins said: "He will not play this weekend. Carlo is giving him a bit of time off. He will come back and prepare for our game against Wolves on the 20th.

"They just had a little chat, John and Carlo, and decided that would be the best for all concerned."

Terry is alleged to have had an affair with the former partner of England team-mate Wayne Bridge.

According to reports, he could now be set to fly to Dubai to meet up with his wife Toni, who left the UK shortly after the revelations broke.

Wilkins at least expects Terry to bounce from last night's on-field problems after being given a difficult evening by Everton's two-goal hero Saha.

Wilkins added: "I think you have got to give Louis Saha a bit of credit because he is a tough opponent to play against."