Cesc Fabregas fears Chelsea will have an impossible job on their hands in the wake of John Terry’s announcement that he will depart the club this summer.
The long-serving Chelsea skipper confirmed he would leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the current season but outlined his desire to carry on playing.
Terry, who hasn’t played a single minute of competitive action in two months, could be pressed into emergency action in this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final after it emerged Gary Cahill had spent the last two nights in hospital with a mystery illness.
Regardless of whether or not Terry makes a return on Saturday, Fabregas is fearful that his impending departure will leave a massive hole that will be difficult to fill.
‘It came as a surprise,” Fabregas told talkSPORT.
‘There was a lot of talk and speculation that it could be his last year but we didn’t know for sure. It is a very personal decision between him and the club.
‘It is a shame because I cannot see anyone replacing the role he does in the team. He is irreplaceable for now.
‘We will miss him. Hopefully, we can lift trophies at the end of the season for him.
‘You always play the game at your maximum but to be able to win two trophies for him and lift them before he goes and says goodbye to everyone would be major for him and fantastic for Chelsea.’