Lampard backs Hilario to shine as crocked keeper Cech's replacement

26 February 2010 09:26
Into the fold: Chelsea goalkeeper Hilario

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard insists Hilario will prove an able deputy to Petr Cech.

Cech will be out for at least a month after tearing a calf muscle in Wednesday's Champions League defeat by Inter Milan in the San Siro.

The keeper was carried off in the second half of the 2-1 loss after damaging his calf when collecting a cross.

The Czech Republic international underwent further scans on the injury on Thursday and the club have confirmed Cech will be out of action for up to a month.

It means he will miss tomorrow's clash with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge and the return leg against Inter on March 16.

England midfielder Lampard says it is a 'huge blow' to lose Cech but is convinced deputy Hilario is the perfect replacement and is even backed No.3 Ross Turnbull too.

'It is a huge blow to lose Petr,' admitted Lampard. 'He has been in fantastic form as everyone knows and he has always been up there with the best in the world and no-one wants to lose that.

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'But Hilario has never let us down at all. He has been brilliant every time he has come in, whether it is for one game or a run of them.

'That is something we are not worried about. You have to have faith in him, and Ross Turnbull behind him, and we certainly have that.'

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