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Cech making good progress

Chelsea goalkeeper due to have stitches removed

By Rob Parrish.   Last Updated: 11/04/08 5:47pm

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Cech: Good progress

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Petr Cech is making good progress after surgery on his badly cut face and is due to have the stitches removed soon.

The Chelsea goalkeeper sustained the injury in training after a collision with team-mate Tal Ben Haim on Sunday, but is hopeful of a swift return to action.

It was Cech's first training session since being forced onto the sidelines with an ankle injury and he will not feature in Monday night's home clash against Wigan.

With Carlo Cudicini suffering a hamstring injury in the UEFA Champions League victory over Fenerbahce in midweek, Hilario will again be called upon to deputise by manager Avram Grant.

Blues club doctor Bryan English told Chelsea TV that he is happy with how the injury is healing, but admitted the depth of the cut was a concern at the time.

English said: "It's looking quite good.

"The stitches are to come out in about three to four days' time.

"When you have a deep cut, you have several layers that you need to sew back together again, so a lot of the stitches are deep in the skin as well as holding the skin back together.

"It was the depth that was a little bit more of a concern rather than the length of the cut," English explained to Chelsea TV.


Meanwhile, centre-back Ricardo Carvalho has saluted defensive colleague John Terry for the effort he makes to help his team-mates on and off the field.

The Portugal international told Chelsea magazine: "In my first year here it was hard for me because I was at a new club, in a new country, in a new league and playing a much more physical kind of game than I was used to in Portugal.

"JT recognised this straight away and was such a big help, on and off the pitch. He really made me feel comfortable. He is one of the best I've played with and a great leader too.

"He is stronger than me and likes to get in the air whereas I play more with the ball than him. But that is what makes us such a good partnership together.

"As a centre-back, whoever you are playing with, you have to know your partner very well and have an understanding. It's like being two halves of the same whole.

"Instinctively I have to know what he is going to do and he has to know what I'm going to do. The understanding between the two players is very important."

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