Bridge: My ankle came away

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Wayne Bridge has been speaking for the first time about the horrific ankle injury which kept him sidelined for eight months.

The England defender returned to action on Wednesday as Chelsea crashed out of the Carling Cup to Charlton on penalties.

Bridge had been out of action since a no holds barred challenge with Newcastle's Alan Shearer left him with a broken ankle and serious ligament damage.

"It was quite serious. I broke the fibula, which isn't so bad, but the ankle almost came away from the leg," he explained.

"I ripped all the ligaments bar one. It was hanging on by one ligament.

"They couldn't operate for about two weeks because there was so much swelling and bleeding. We had to wait for the bleeding to go down. I had to spend a week or so in hospital before they could operate.

"They said I wouldn't really be training until September. But everything was going so quickly. I was walking quickly. I was walking and playing far before they expected."

Meanwhile, Chelsea colleague John Terry has warned Premiership rivals that if they want to come to Stamford Bridge with the intention of intimidating him and his team-mates, they should think twice.

"If anyone thinks that by coming and battling and trying to bully us they can get anywhere, the message is clear: We're up for it!" he told the Daily Star.

"We can take on anyone in a physical battle and we'll win. And then we'll get the ball down and play football. And we'll win that as well."