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John Terry sends message to Chelsea star Mateo Kovacic after crushing his hand

The former Chelsea skipper doesn’t know his own strength! (Picture: Amazon Prime Video)

John Terry has cheekily apologised to Mateo Kovacic after the Chelsea midfielder was left wincing in pain following a very powerful handshake from the Aston Villa assistant.

The former Blues skipper was in the opposition dugout at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night as goals from Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount secured a 2-1 victory for the hosts.

Terry was given a warm reception on his return to a club where he spent 22 years as a player, with fans staying behind to chant his name after the full-time whistle.

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Kovacic will certainly remember the night, with Terry having left his mark on the Croatian as he went to shake hands with the Villa assistant after the match.

The Chelsea midfielder grimaced as he grabbed hands with Terry, shaking his hand in pain as he walked down the tunnel, while Terry held out his hand as an apology as he walked off.

Chelsea uploaded the clip on Instagram and tagged their former skipper, writing: ‘Easy on the handshake, John!’

He obviously found it very amusing, replying with both a laughing face emoji and flexing arm emoji, as well as tagging Kovacic and writing, ‘Sorry mate’.

After almost pulling off Kovacic’s hand, Terry enjoyed a touching moment on the Stamford Bridge pitch as fans applauded a legend of the club, though he admitted it was rather surreal to be back.

Asked about his emotional return to Stamford Bridge, he told ChelseaTV: ‘Really strange actually, obviously being back for the first time since I stopped playing. A great reception from the supporters.

‘It’s a difficult one, because obviously we lost the game and you don’t want to go out but I needed to show my appreciation and the fans done that at the end of the game as well, which was amazing for me.

‘So really humbled to be back and get the reception after a couple of years, so big thank you to all the supporters that sung my name today.’

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