Petr Cech trained on Tuesday and could be in line for a swift recovery from his shoulder injury.
Petr Cech was supposed to be out for the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder. The goalkeeper suffered the injury during Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final first-leg tie against Atletico Madrid in Spain last week.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho himself stated that the Czech Republic international would not play again this campaign and left him out of Sunday’s matchday squad against Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League.
However, on Tuesday the 31-year-old was back in training and did not look to be in much discomfort. He did some catching practice and even said ‘Of course’ when asked if he was fit. All this on the eve of the second leg of the tie that is finely poised at 0-0.
For someone who has dislocated his shoulder, the training ground is not where he should be recuperating. So is Cech’s injury really as bad as it was initially thought? When the former Rennes keeper trudged off the pitch after just 18 minutes at the Vicente Caleron in Madrid last week, he genuinely looked to be in pain. Perhaps further tests have proved otherwise.
However, former Charlton Athletic and West Ham United manager Alan Curbishley believes that it is “a bit of mind games” that Mourinho is playing.
The 56-year-old argues that Cech cannot be fully fit as he did not do any diving on his injured shoulder and believes that Mark Schwarzer will be in goal against Atletico.
‘I think it's a bit of mind games with Petr Cech’, he told Sky Sports. ‘I really think he needs to be diving around - forget about throwing the ball out.
‘He needs to be diving - landing on his shoulder. I'd be surprised if he was fit. The other three are a big boost - if I'm Atletico Madrid - no disrespect to Petr Cech - I'd be more concerned about the outfield players being available’.
Whether or not it is another of those ‘mind games’ from Mourinho, we will find out when the teamsheets are announced.