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John Terry named Aston Villa captain

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Former Chelsea defender John Terry has been named captain of Aston Villa in his first season at Villa Park.

The club confirmed Terry’s elite status in a social media post, saying he would wear the armband in their friendly today against Shrewsbury Town. Terry replaces former captains James Chester and Tommy Elphick as the man to lead the team out of the tunnel.

The 36-year-old signed on this summer on a free transfer from Chelsea at the expiry of his contract. Terry served as the Chelsea captain for 13 years, first being named as such by Jose Mourinho in 2004. He was also the captain of England for most of his nine-year international career.

While it’s incredibly unusual for a new player to come to a club and immediately be handed the armband, John Terry is clearly the exception to the rule, as one of the most experienced captains active in world soccer.

Last season featured a similar situation for Villa. Elphick began the year as the club captain, having just signed from Bournemouth that summer. The 29-year-old, however, lost his place in the starting lineup after an injury and Villa’s poor start to the season. Fellow new signing Chester took the armband with Elphick out of the side, and captained the club from mid-October on.

Aston Villa finished 13th in the Championship last season, and will be looking for a return to the Premier League yet again following relegation two seasons ago.

Bournemouth captain Elphick ruled out ten weeks after ankle surgery

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Bournemouth has been hit with another big blow, as captain Tommy Elphick has been ruled out for ten weeks after undergoing ankle surgery.

The Cherries return from the international break this weekend and face Manchester City, followed by a tough stretch of matches against Tottenham, Liverpool, and Southampton.

[ MORE: Premier League injury report ]

Elphick hasn’t played since Bournemouth’s loss to Norwich City on September 12, and manager Eddie Howe said he tried to come back but couldn’t recover without having a procedure.

Tommy has had an operation on his ankle.

He’s facing around ten weeks out. It was innocuous really – he got a kick on the ankle and despite many attempts to come back, it just didn’t feel right.

With further investigation, it was discovered that he needed an operation and he’s had it.

In Bournemouth’s first season in the Premier League, the Cherries have been riddled by injuries, all to key players.

Tyrone Mings, Max Gradel, and Callum Wilson are all likely to miss the remainder of the season after suffering ACL injuries. Mings and Gradel became the club’s two most expensive signings when they joined Bournemouth this summer, and Wilson was the Premier League’s leading goalscorer at the time of his injury.