Guus Hiddink fears John Terry’s extended spell on the sidelines is down to the fact the Chelsea captain tried to force his way back from an achilles injury.
Terry has not played since March 19 in the 2-2 draw with West Ham but is set to travel with the first team squad for their match with Bournemouth on Saturday.
The centre-back will not play in the match but Hiddink wants to keep his captain involved after he reportedly underwent controversial platelet-rich plasma therapy, which was banned by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) until 2011.
Terry was so eager to get back in the first team and prove his worth that he played 90 minutes against West Ham in March having missed the previous three matches.
And Hiddink is concerned that Terry’s insistence to play in that fixture has contributed to his prolonged absence and ongoing injury woes.
He said: “I’m not sure about his future but he is obviously desperate to play as soon as possible.
“I am not asking how he is every day because he would find that annoying.
“The wish of John to play and the urgency he felt for that West Ham game was too high compared to the state of his physical fitness.
“He got a set back after the game so hopefully now he says I am feeling better and he is better than he was a few weeks ago.”
Terry made headlines in February by revealing that Chelsea were not prepared to renew his contract at the club.
The Blues have since insisted the door is always open so Terry’s eagerness to return might be down to the fact he wants to showcase his abilities to new manager Antonio Conte.
Terry told Chelsea TV: “I am disappointed to be missing games. My achilles and hamstring are still a little bit sore and I am just not right.
“I have been probably pushing it a bit too hard and trying to come back too soon. I just need to take my medicine, give it a few weeks and make sure I come back.”