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Chelsea Injuries Not As Bad As First Feared

by Jack Atchinson

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Chelsea are confident the injuries suffered by goalkeeper Petr Cech and striker Daniel Sturridge are not serious and the pair will back very soon.

Cech was forced off at half-time of the third-round tie at Stamford Bridge yesterday after suffering a head injury in a collision with Orlando Sa.

The 29-year-old was sent to hospital after last night’s dramatic Carling Cup victory over Fulham with concussion.

The injury was alarming given Cech’s need wear protective headgear following a sickening collision with Stephen Hunt at Reading five years ago.

Goalkeeper understudy Ross Turnbull helped his side to a 4-3 penalty shootout win, but Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas revealed Cech had been given the all clear.

“Petr went for a scan in the hospital and he’s okay,” he said.”He felt a little bit dizzy from the early concussion at half-time.

“We decided, and he decided as well, it was better not to take risks.”

Chelsea suffered a second injury blow when Sturridge hurt himself netting a disallowed goal shortly before the break.

Villas-Boas admits the 22-year-old has a knee problem but revealed: ”The ligaments are okay. If he misses one (game), it won’t be more than that.”

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