• Premier League

Chelsea lose Cech for three weeks

ESPN staff
January 3, 2013
Chelsea will be without Petr Cech for key league and cup games © PA Photos

Chelsea's woe following their shock defeat to Queens Park Rangers was deepened with the news Petr Cech faces three weeks out with a groin injury.

The keeper did not appear for the second half of Chelsea's win over Everton on Sunday and he did not feature in the home defeat to QPR.

He had a scan on his groin which confirmed the 30-year-old will be out of action for three weeks.

In a club tweet, manager Rafa Benitez provided an update on his keeper, saying: "Two or three weeks. We are quite optimistic."

Ross Turnbull stepped in for Cech, making only his sixth Premier League appearance for the Blues on Wednesday.

He is likely to be in the side again for the FA Cup clash with Southampton, League Cup game with Swansea and Premier League matches with Stoke and Arsenal.

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