Hilario can fill Cech void - Lamps

BY foxsports • February 26, 2010

Cech will be out for at least a month after tearing a calf muscle in Wednesday's Champions League defeat by Inter Milan in the San Siro. The keeper was carried off in the second half of the 2-1 loss after damaging his calf when collecting a cross. The Czech Republic international underwent further scans on the injury yesterday and the club confirmed last night Cech will be out of action for up to a month. It means he will miss Saturday's clash with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge and the return leg against Inter on March 16. It is a bitter blow for Chelsea as they continue to battle for glory in the Premier League, Europe and the FA Cup. But England midfielder Lampard, while admitting Cech's absence will be a "huge blow" for Carlo Ancelotti's side, is convinced deputy Hilario is the perfect replacement. "It is a huge blow to lose Petr," admitted Lampard. "He has been in fantastic form as everyone knows and he has always been up there with the best in the world and no-one wants to lose that. "But Hilario has never let us down at all. He has been brilliant every time he has come in, whether it is for one game or a run of them. "That is something we are not worried about. You have to have faith in him, and Ross Turnbull behind him, and we certainly have that."


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