Cech a major doubt for Wigan game after breaking finger… so stuttering Chelsea could have to rely on error-prone Turnbull
16:02 GMT, 4 February 2013
18:09 GMT, 4 February 2013
Petr Cech is a major doubt for Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League clash with Wigan on Saturday after he was forced to withdraw from the Czech Republic squad for their friendly against Turkey on Wednesday night.
The goalkeeper broke his little finger during the 3-2 loss at Newcastle on Saturday and although the injury is not thought to be serious, Chelsea may have to field reserve goalkeeper Ross Turnbull on Saturday.
Turnbull came in for heavy criticism for his performance in the 2-2 FA Cup draw at Brentford last month and Chelsea failed in a late bid to bring England goalkeeper Jack Butland to Stamford Bridge as cover.
Doubt: Petr Cech broke a finger during Chelsea's loss at Newcastle
Double blow: Chelsea lost the game 3-2 to add insult to Cech's injury
Their third option in goal would be to call on 37-year-old Hilario, who has not played since August 27 2011.
They're not able to call upon 20-year-old Thibaut Courtois, who although expected to be the future long-term keeper at Chelsea, is still on loan at Spanish club Atletico Madrid.
Loss: Cech is a major doubt for Saturday's match against Wigan which could mean a start for the error-prone Turnbull (below)