Injury blow to Petr Cech

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Chelsea manager Avram Grant has hinted that the injured Petr Cech will not be risked as they travel to Manchester to face Manchester City. The Czech Republic International has missed 8 matches due to his ankle injury ad although he is back in training with Chelsea, the manager seems more likely to start with the second choice Goal Keeper Carlo Cudicini.

Petr Cech

Cech may make his return on the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final against the Turkish side Fenerbahce.

“Until yesterday Cech had made a lot of improvement and we need to see where he is at the end of the recovery period,” Grant said. “He is better than 50-50, he is almost ready. It will be a medical decision. But we have other goalkeepers who have done a good job this year.”

In another incident, Grant has denied the reports of a fight with midfielder Frank Lampard after the England International’s furious reaction when he was substituted in the 2-1 loss against Fenerbahce in Turkey.

“Frank is a very passionate player. He was very disappointed that Fenerbahce had equalised,” said the Israeli coach. “I shook hands with Frank. I like passionate players. If his reaction was good or not, it is an internal matter.

“The discipline at Chelsea has been very good since I’ve been here. I speak with all the players, but I speak about the game and not something else. Everybody was disappointed. It was one of our best performances but we lost the game so he wanted to understand why, that’s all.”