Petr Cech Injury: Updates on Chelsea Star's Status and Return

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 22, 2014

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Updates from Wednesday, May 7

Chelsea posted an update on Petr Cech's injured shoulder on their Twitter account:

Updates from Tuesday, April 29

Petr Cech returned to training for Chelsea on Tuesday, boosting his chances of playing in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid.

Sky Sports tweeted:

While that news may have been encouraging, Jose Mourinho later confirmed Cech would not be playing tomorrow according to Sky Sports via FOX Sports:

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed Petr Cech is not in contention to play Wednesday's Champions League semifinal second leg with Atletico Madrid, despite sending the goalkeeper out to training on Tuesday morning in a show of togetherness.

Cech took part in training on the eve of the contest a week after being ruled out for the season by Mourinho with a dislocated shoulder sustained in the first leg.

Updates from Saturday, April 25

HLN's Kristof Terreur has an update on Cech:

Updates from Thursday, April 24

Petr Cech's shoulder dislocation could be more serious than first feared, with the Telegraph's Matt Law reporting the Chelsea keeper may need surgery.

If that is the case, Law claims Cech might not even be fit for the start of next season:

Cech, 31, was taken to hospital in Madrid after he dislocated his shoulder and was replaced by Mark Schwarzer in the 18th minute of Chelsea’s goalless draw in the Champions League semi-final first leg with Atlético Madrid.

Having already been ruled out for the rest of this campaign, Cech will face the prospect of missing Chelsea’s entire pre-season if he has to go under the knife. Shoulder surgery typically rules goalkeepers out for around three months, meaning Cech would not be fit to return until the start of August – giving (Thibaut) Courtois plenty of time to stake his claim.


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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech walked off the pitch during Tuesday's Champions League semifinal clash with Atletico Madrid after suffering an upper-body injury, according to the Blues' official Twitter account:

AS English on Twitter pointed out that the veteran appeared to injure his shoulder:

AS later confirmed that Cech separated his shoulder:

Manager Jose Mourinho confirmed what most expected via

The injury occurred just 15 minutes after kickoff. Moments later, Cech was replaced by 41-year-old backup goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who became the oldest player in Champions League knockout phase history, as pointed out by Infostrada Sports on Twitter:

The Australian certainly isn't short on experience, but Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be hoping that Cech can make a speedy recovery in time for the Blues' second leg at Stamford Bridge on April 30.    

The 31-year-old Czech has conceded just seven goals in nine Champions League starts this season and has let in just 38 goals in 49 starts in all competitions in 2013-14.