Premier League News: MCL Injury to Petr Cech, Out Four Weeks

Last weekend, Manager Andre Villas-Boas took a lot of heat for the way that his new team, Chelsea played in a scoreless draw against Stoke City. Now, he has a new challenge to deal with. His goalkeeper, Petr Cech is going to be out of the lineup for at least the next three to four weeks after suffering an MCL injury.

The injury was suffered on Wednesday in training, and it is certainly going to be an injury that will prove costly for the Blues.

The question that remains at Stamford Bridge is who will take over in net for the next few fixtures. The good news is that both Ross Turnbull and Henrique Hilario have plenty of experience at the top levels of soccer. Even better is the fact that Cech should only miss two fixtures, against West Bromwich Albion this week and against Norwich City next weekend. The hope is to have Cech back in the fold for a September 10th duel against Sunderland.

Turnbull came over from Middlesbrough in 2009. There, he struggled mightily, costing Boro its place in the Premier League. Middlesbrough only went 7-11-20 that season, and it allowed a whopping 57 goals, 37 of which came on the road. From there, Turnbull immediately became Cech’s backup. He played in two Premiership fixtures and a pair of Champions League games in 2009-10, and last year, he was called upon only twice. In one of those matches, Newcastle ripped him for four goals in the team’s Carling Cup exit.

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Hilario has been with Chelsea since the 2006-07 season, but he really hasn’t been used all that much since his first season at Stamford Bridge. He didn’t make an appearance for the Blues last year, and he was really only used in the Carling Cup and FA Cup competitions in 2009/10. The 35-year old was left off of the team’s roster in the first match of the year against Stoke City, which leads us to believe that he will most likely be on the bench as an available substitute this week against WBA.

Cech will also almost certainly miss the Czech Republic’s friendly battle with Ukraine on September 6th before potentially returning to the Blues that weekend.

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