Spanish website Marca has suggested Jose Mourinho could toy with the fitness of a key player.
Cech landed heavily on his right elbow in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final earlier this week and if the Blues make it into the final, Spanish site Marca has suggested the West Londoners will wait to have Cech’s injury properly treated this summer.
The final is on May 24 and most reports suggest that Cech will need surgery on the problem, but the Spanish paper suggests they will urge the Czech to play through the pain barrier if they’re staring at European glory.
“If Mourinho's team makes it to the final in Lisbon, the club will opt for a non-surgical treatment until 24th May, so that Cech can play in the big game and then undergo surgery straight afterwards,” writes Alberto Barbero.
The handling of Cech’s injury could also have consequences in relation to the future of Thibaut Courtois who was solid and impressive during the game last Tuesday.
As things stand, Courtois is likely to stay on loan for another season at Atletico Madrid, signing a new Chelsea contract which will mean he eventually replaces Cech in the Chelsea first team.
Should there be any complications generated through Chelsea’s handling of Cech’s injury then Courtois could be told to report back to London far sooner than he’d be expecting.
Cech’s experience and quality is such that he’s one player Mourinho would consider playing half fit for a European final, but the risk he’s taking is huge and the problem will only be created if the Blues reach the final next week.