Petr Cech to play for Chelsea on Monday in first competitive game in 19 months

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Petr Cech will reportedly play his first competitive game in 19 months on Monday as Chelsea take on Tottenham in a Premier League 2 fixture.

Cech returned to Stamford Bridge as technical and performance director last June, just days after losing to the Blues in the Europa League final.

The goalkeeper was playing for Arsenal then having previously spent 11 years in west London with Chelsea.

Blues boss Frank Lampard registered the 38-year-old in his Premier League squad this season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Cech was not expected to feature though The Athletic report that he will play for Chelsea’s development squad on Monday against Tottenham at Kingsmeadow.

It’s reported that the shot-stopper is needed as Lucas Bergstrom, the team’s regular goalkeeper, played for the Under-18 side on Saturday and Chelsea do not want the Finn playing two games in the space of 48 hours.

Karlo Ziger would be another option to step in though he is currently with Lampard’s first-team bubble and Chelsea would reportedly rather he remain there.

Cech is also part of the bubble, though The Athletic add that the Blues currently regard Ziger as above the veteran in the senior goalkeeper pecking order.

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Cech has been training regularly with Chelsea’s senior squad since September, though it’s believes he has never been selected for training games ahead of Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero.

On Cech’s involvement with the first-team squad, Lampard had said: “Pete’s been training with the goalkeepers for a little while now.

“We know this year looks like no other because of Covid and what it might do to selection with isolation, so it was a very easy one, Pete still does his day job but he’s there, if we need him.

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“He’s very fit, he is still relatively young and finished playing possibly when he could have carried on playing. He trains fairly regularly and he’s fit, whether we’ll see him much this season… I’m not sure.

“I certainly felt it was a no-brainer to have Pete in the squad. When he’s in such good form it can only help the goalkeepers we have to see one of the world’s best in recent years in the modern era amongst us.”

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