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Petr Cech is injured leaving Ross Turnbull in goal for Chelsea

Cech injury blow leaves Chelsea reliant on Turnbull to keep them in title race

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UPDATED:

16:11 GMT, 31 December 2012

Chelsea have been dealt a huge blow in the title race with goalkeeper Petr Cech sidelined by a groin injury.

Reserve stopper Ross Turnbull stepped in for Cech at half-time during Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The Blues are currently unsure how long Cech will be kept out for, with further tests needed to determine the recovery period.

Big blow: Petr Cech (centre) has suffered a groin muscle injury

Big blow: Petr Cech (centre) has suffered a groin muscle injury

Turnbull, who was relatively untroubled during the 45 minutes he played against Everton, is likely to start on Wednesday against Queens Park Rangers.

The 27-year-old's only appearance prior to Sunday this season was in Chelsea's 6-0 victory over Wolves in the Capital One Cup.

Cech said after the game: 'I think it was in 40th minute when I was punching the ball away and when I jumped I felt pain in my right groin.

'I finished the half knowing I would not be able to continue after the break. We will see how serious it is. We will know more after the medical check that I undergo tomorrow.'

Struggle: Ross Turnbull has not made any impact at Stamford Bridge

Struggle: Ross Turnbull has not made any impact at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea's back-up keepers, Turnbull and Henrique Hilario, are unsuitable to replace Cech over a long period of time.

The club have highly-rated Belgian stopper Thibaut Courtois on loan at Atletico Madrid and if Cech's injury proves to be severe they could recall him.

Courtois is likely to fight for the No 1 shirt at Chelsea next season with both Turnbull and Hilario making way.

Petr Cech to have elbow operation in summer

Cech-out: Chelsea ask Czechs to rest No 1 keeper in bid to stave off elbow operation until summer

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UPDATED:

17:48 GMT, 10 September 2012

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Chelsea are hoping that Petr Cech can last the season with an elbow injury before the Blues No 1 undergoes surgery this summer.

The European champions are hoping to manage Cech through the season and they have asked the Czech Republic to rest him from friendly internationals.

The Czech national coach Michal Bilek has agreed to Chelsea's request.

Worry: Chelsea are concerned that Petr Cech may not be able to cope through the season

Worry: Chelsea are concerned that Petr Cech may not be able to cope through the season

'An investigation showed a bit of ossification in his elbow, so they (Chelsea) are planning a surgery in England after the season,' Krejci told the Czech news agency CTK.

'They have asked us if we could rest him in friendly fixtures. We have come to an agreement with coach Michal Bilek and decided to be on good terms with Chelsea.

'We are going to grant their wish and rest him.

'Petr cannot stretch the arm properly. If he has to stretch the elbow, it hurts him sometimes.

'There is nothing to be worried about, though. There is basically nothing that could make this problem worse.

'The only thing that could force an
immediate surgery is if the intensity of pain would get much higher or
if the elbow was blocked in some way.'

Cech captained the Czech Republic in
Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Denmark in Copenhagen, which
ended in a 0-0 draw, but he will sit out the Tuesday's friendly against
Finland.

Cech's fitness provides a concern for Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo, as Ross Turnbull and Henrique Hilario are the only viable replacements for the Czech No 1.

Get off! Cech appeared for Chelsea in their 4-1 defeat by Atletico Madrid

Get off! Cech appeared for Chelsea in their 4-1 defeat by Atletico Madrid

Get off! Cech appeared for Chelsea in their 4-1 defeat by Atletico Madrid

Paulo Henrique Ganso wanted by Tottenham

Tottenham line up January move for Brazil star Ganso after missing out on Moutinho

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UPDATED:

11:56 GMT, 8 September 2012

Highly rated: Ganso

Highly rated: Ganso

Tottenham are hoping to sign Brazilian attacking midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso in January as Andre Villas-Boas continues to reshape his squad.

Spurs were frantically busy throughout the summer transfer window right up to deadline day – when they missed out on what would have been a club record 22million signing of Joao Moutinho.

Moutinho, whose move stalled over personal terms, would have been a direct replacement for Luka Modric – who has departed for Real Madrid – but Villas-Boas has now switched his attention to 22-year-old Ganso, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Santos star has fallen out with his club after requesting a move in the summer, and although any deal would be complicated by third-party ownership of the eight-cap international, it is thought his services could be acquired for around 8m.

Arsenal ramp up interest in Brazil ace Paulo Henrique Ganso

Wenger ramps up interest in Brazil star Ganso

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 19 July 2012

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Arsenal are considering a 15m move for Santos attacking midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso.

Sportsmail revealed Arsenal's interest
in the 22-year-old last Saturday, and a senior scout will watch him when Brazil take on
Great Britain at Middlesbrough on Friday.

Samba star: Arsenal will watch Paulo Henrique Ganso in Olympics warm-up match

Samba star: Arsenal will watch Paulo Henrique Ganso in Olympics warm-up match

Manager Arsene Wenger wants to sign a new attacking midfielder this summer as he looks to give his side a fresh dimension in the attacking third and Ganso features prominently on the Frenchman's list.

The Gunners were interested in signing Chelsea-bound Oscar – but Wenger is now primed to turn his attentions to 22-year-old Ganso.

The Brazillian – who has eight international caps – is one of the hottest prospects in world football and has been linked with AC Milan, Chelsea and Tottenham.

Brazilian star Neymar has pleaded with Ganso to remain at Santos.

On his way: Ganso's agent says he has played his last game for Santos

On his way: Ganso's agent says he has played his last game for Santos

Ganso's agent Delcir Sonda claimed earlier this month that the 22-year-old had played his last game for the Brazilian top-flight outfit after talks broke down over a new contract.

'He hasn't told me yet if he is going to leave but everyone wants to have someone like him in the team,' Neymar told Lancenet.

'I don't know much about what is happening. But I ask him not to abandon me and I really hope he doesn't leave.'

Arsenal keen on Paulo Henrique Ganso

Arsenal in the hunt for Santos star Gansom after missing out on Oscar

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UPDATED:

07:53 GMT, 14 July 2012

Arsenal are emerging as serious contenders for highly-rated Santos forward Paulo Henrique Ganso.

Ganso's representatives have been made aware of the Gunners' interest and are awaiting the North Londoners' next move.

Manager Arsene Wenger wants to sign a new attacking midfielder this summer as he looks to give his side a fresh dimension in the attacking third and Ganso features prominently on the Frenchman's list.

Gunner move Brazil's Ganso (back) is a target for Arsenal

Gunner move Brazil's Ganso (back) is a target for Arsenal

Sportsmail has learned the Gunners were interested in signing Chelsea-bound Oscar – but Wenger is now primed to turn his attentions to 22-year-old Ganso.

The Brazillian – who has eight international caps – is one of the hottest prospects in world football and has been linked with AC Milan, Chelsea and Tottenham.

Manchester United want Kevin-Prince Boateng

Ferguson weighing up move for Milan star Boateng in bid to boost midfield

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UPDATED:

08:33 GMT, 25 May 2012

Manchester United have been linked with a shock move for Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Sir Alex Ferguson is determined to land an attacking midfielder after missing out on Wesley Sneijder last summer, and is pushing hard to sign Shinji Kagawa and Eden Hazard.

But reports in Italy claim the Old Trafford boss could turn to AC Milan’s Boateng, who has impressed in Serie A since leaving Tottenham two years ago.

Main man: Kevin Prince Boateng (left) is a reported target for Manchester United

Main man: Kevin Prince Boateng (left) is a reported target for Manchester United

The San Siro leadership are deciding whether to offer Boateng a new deal or cash in to fund a bid for Santos’s promising Brazil playmaker Paulo Henrique Ganso.

Boateng had a good season, scoring nine goals in 27 appearances, but there are concerns about his physical fragility, which restricted him to just half of Milan’s games.

The 25-year-old is relatively low paid, on 30,000 a week after tax, and would hope to land double if he extends his contract by one year to 2016.

Borussia Dortmund revelation Kagawa and Lille star Hazard remain priorities for United.

In demand: Shinji Kagawa (left) is expected to move to Old Trafford

In demand: Shinji Kagawa (left) is expected to move to Old Trafford

Belgium international Hazard is choosing between United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Kagawa, who has a year left on his Dortmund contract, has been the subject of a 13million bid from Old Trafford.

London 2012 Olympics: Neymar, Sandro and Hulk carry Brazil"s hopes for football gold

Neymar, Sandro and Hulk carry Brazil's hopes for Olympic gold but Ronaldinho left out

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UPDATED:

18:00 GMT, 11 May 2012

Brazil coach Mano Menezes failed to
pick Ronaldinho on Friday for friendlies ahead of the London Games,
virtually ending the player's chances of making it to the Olympics
again.

Neymar, Alexandre Pato and Paulo
Henrique Ganso were among the 23 players selected for the friendlies
against Denmark on May 26, the United States on May 30, Mexico on June 3
and Argentina on June 9.

Samba star: Neymar could light up the Olympics

Samba star: Neymar could light up the Olympics

The players selected are expected to form the core of a squad which will try to lead Brazil to its first Olympic gold medal in football, and Menezes hinted that those not on the list likely won't be in London.

'It's correct to affirm that these 23 names are the base of the Olympic team,' Menezes said. 'It's unlikely we will make any changes. After making evaluations in the last few months, we think these are the names (for London).'

Only six players on the list are older than 23 – Chelsea defender David Luiz, AC Milan defender Thiago Silva, Barcelona defender Daniel Alves, Real Madrid defender Marcelo, FC Porto striker Hulk and Botafogo goalkeeper Jefferson.

The Olympic tournament is played with under-23 squads but each team may use three over-age players.

Two-time world player of the year Ronaldinho had been regularly selected by Menezes despite playing poorly with Brazilian club Flamengo, but Menezes said it is time to try something different.

'If things are not going well, you make a change,' Menezes said. 'But you have to respect Ronaldinho, he is a world champion. He is they type of player who can rebound and surprise everyone.'

Fallen star: Ronaldinho has been left out

Fallen star: Ronaldinho has been left out

BRAZIL SQUAD

Defenders: Daniel Alves, (Barcelona),
Danilo (FC Porto), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Alex Sandro (FC Porto), Thiago
Silva (AC Milan), David Luiz (Chelsea), Bruno Uvini (Tottenham), Juan
(Inter Milan).

Midfielders: Casemiro (Sao Paulo),
Sandro (Tottenham), Romulo (Vasco), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Lucas
(Sao Paulo), Oscar (Internacional), Giuliano (Dnipro),

Forwards: Alexandre Pato
(Internacional), Hulk (FC Porto), Leandro Damiao (Internacional), Neymar
(Santos), Wellington Nem (Fluminense).

The 32-year-old Ronaldinho had been on the list of 52 players pre-selected for the London Games. He played in the 2008 Beijing Olympics at which Brazil lost in the semifinals to an Argentina team containing Lionel Messi and finished with the bronze.

Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar and midfielder Ramires, who helped Chelsea reach the Champions League final, were on that list but were also left out by Menezes on Friday. Real Madrid playmaker Kaka didn't even make the 52-player list.

Alexandre Pato will receive another chance in the team after missing several Brazil matches because of injuries while playing with AC Milan.

The 20-year-old Neymar will be the main player carrying Brazil's hopes in London, but other promising names included are playmaker Lucas and forward Oscar, who scored Brazil's three goals in the 3-2 victory over Portugal in the Under-20 World Cup final last year.

The Olympic tournament is the only significant football competition Brazil is yet to win. The five-time World Cup champions won Olympic silver in 1984 and 1988, and the bronze in 1996 and 2008. — Squad: Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Neto (Fiorentina), Rafael (Santos).

QPR want Henrique, Ben Foster and Steven Pienaar

5m Brazil hotshot Henrique, Foster and Pienaar top Hughes's shopping list at QPR

QPR have discussed an 18-month loan with a view to a permanent 5million deal for Sao Paulo striker Henrique.

The 20-year-old helped Brazil lift the World Youth Cup last year.

QPR manager Mark Hughes is also keen on West Bromwich Albion's on-loan goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Rising Samba star: Henrique helped Brazil to the World Youth Cup last year

Rising Samba star: Henrique helped Brazil to the World Youth Cup last year

Birmingham want 6m for Foster, 28, who is at Albion for the season, but could be sold now.

Hughes also wants Spurs' Steven Pienaar, 29, with an improved offer of 3m being made on Saturday.

Wanted: Ben Foster

Target: Steven Pienaar

Wanted: Ben Foster (left) and Steven Pienaar (right) are targets for Mark Hughes

Back in the dugout: Hughes (centre) watches QPR's defeat at Newcastle

Back in the dugout: Hughes (centre) watches QPR's defeat at Newcastle