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Chelsea keeper set to play in a suit of armour

Let’s face it, he’d probably still be better clunking around like Sir Lancelot than the error-prone Hilario! The Daily Mirror reveals that while Petr Cech hasn’t quite got to the point where he needs to dress like Robocop, it’s likely that he’ll start tonight’s game against Wigan wearing some kind of face mask.

Grant said: “Petr has trained with and without the mask and he can communicate with the other players easily. It’s not a risk to play him.”

It wouldn’t be so desperate for Chelsea had Carlo Cudicini not also got himself injured against Fenerbahce last week. This is likely to bring back memories of John Terry looking like the phantom of the opera after fracturing a cheekbone against Fulham earlier in the season. Let’s hope the Czech keeper starts to enjoy a run of matches without any injury problems, especially with Euro 2008 on the horizon.

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