Keeper Cech ruled out for a month

25 February 2010 08:16
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech will be out for up to a month with a calf injury, the club have confirmed.The 27-year-old fell in agony after taking a cross unchallenged during the Blues' 2-1 Champions League defeat at Inter Milan on Wednesday. [LNB]A scan has revealed Cech tore a calf muscle, and a Chelsea spokesman said the Czech international is expected to be out "for three to four weeks". [LNB]Portuguese Henrique Hilario is expected to deputise in goal for the Blues. [LNB]Cech will definitely miss his side's Premier League games at home to Manchester City on Saturday and away to West Ham on 13 March, the FA Cup quarter-final visit of Stoke on 7 March and the second leg of their European tie against Inter at Stamford Bridge nine days later. [LNB]It seems likely, too, that manager Carlo Ancelotti will be without his first-choice keeper for the Premier League games at Blackburn (21 March) and Portsmouth (24 March). [LNB] Good news all round considering how serious it looked Michael And Cech must also be considered a doubt for the league matches at home to Aston Villa on 27 March and the trip to title rivals Manchester United on 3 April. [LNB]Following the defeat at the San Siro, Blues midfielder Frank Lampard was in little doubt that Cech's absence would be felt: "It's a huge blow. He's been in outstanding form and has always been up there with the best in the world." [LNB]Cech, who will also miss his country's friendly international in Scotland next Wednesday, was replaced by 34-year-old Hilario on 61 minutes after suffering the bizarre injury. [LNB]Chelsea were already trailing 2-1 at that stage, having gone 1-0 down after only three minutes when Diego Milito cut inside John Terry on the left and beat Cech with a low shot to the keeper's right. [LNB]Salomon Kalou equalised in the 51st minute before Esteban Cambiasso put Inter back in front four minutes later with a fierce, left-foot strike. [LNB]Hilario was largely untroubled when he came on, although his kicking gave some cause for concern. [LNB]The former Porto player is expected to continue in goal, however, the Blues could also call on former England Under-20 keeper Ross Turnbull. [LNB]The 25-year-old joined the club last summer on a free transfer from Middlesbrough. [LNB]Cech, a £7m capture from Rennes in 2004, is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. [LNB]His career almost ended in October 2006 when he required surgery for a skull fracture after a collision with Reading's Stephen Hunt. [LNB]Cech was out for three months and has since worn a protective headguard during games.

Source: BBC_Sport