Story of this week. Me , good work and empty training ground! :-) pic.twitter.com/JmRvRmgs7p— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) Mayo 30, 2014
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is back at the club’s Cobham Training Centre as he bids to return to action after a lengthy injury layoff.
The 32-year-old shot-stopper’s season finished early after he picked up an injury during Chelsea’s 0-0 Champions League semi-final first leg draw at Atletico Madrid in April.
Initially removed at the Vicente Calderon stadium as a precaution, it was later revealed that Cech dislocated his shoulder and he may not be back to full strength until the middle of July.
Australian international Mark Schwarzer took Cech's place for the remainder of the season, and whilst the veteran goalkeeper did a fine job, Cech was sorely missed in the Champions League semi-final return leg, as Chelsea slumped to a 3-1 defeat.
After the season had officially concluded, Cech’s contribution to Chelsea this term was acknowledged as he shared the Barclay’s Golden Glove award with Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny – both keeping 16 top flight clean sheets throughout the campaign.
The Czech Republic international’s future as Chelsea number one appears under threat next season, as the impressive Thibaut Courtois is expected to return from a three-year loan spell with Atletico Madrid.
Cech, however, is undoubtedly keen for a speedy recovery, and he posted the picture of himself at Chelsea’s training ground in an effort no doubt to impress upon manager Jose Mourinho that he is determined to be fully prepared ahead of next season.