Despite training, Cech ruled out of Champions League semifinal
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed Petr Cech is not in contention to play Wednesday’s Champions League semifinal second leg with Atletico Madrid, despite sending the goalkeeper out to training on Tuesday morning in a show of togetherness.
Cech took part in training on the eve of the contest a week after being ruled out for the season by Mourinho with a dislocated shoulder sustained in the first leg.
Cech departed after 20 minutes of last Tuesday’s first leg, which finished 0-0, to be replaced by Mark Schwarzer, who is poised to continue in the second leg.
Mourinho insisted the Czech goalkeeper trained alongside injured personnel, suspended players and those fully fit to show solidarity.
"Everybody’s ready and he’s ready and that’s the message we wanted to give," the Portuguese said. "Everybody was on the pitch. It’s a very important match for our group. Everybody’s together, everybody wants to help, everybody wants to play. His condition doesn’t allow him to play, but the message from him and the group."
Captain John Terry (ankle) was also present in training, having initially been ruled out up to the May 24 final in Lisbon, while Eden Hazard (calf) and Samuel Eto’o (knee) were also present after recent absences.