Sep 14 2012 By Yann Tear
PETR CECH will be excused international friendlies as part of a strategy to manage an elbow injury he is carrying, Chelsea have confirmed.
The Czech Republic keeper's slight discomfort does not need urgent attention, but the club say he may go under the knife to scrape away some bone at the end of the season if the problem persists.
The club are hopeful that the problem will clear up of its own accord.
“It's very good that the Czech federation has co-operated with us and decided he does not need to play the friendly games, but will only be involved in the competitive games,” said Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo.
“Petr's problem is an issue that we've been managing and it's not decided yet whether he will need anything done. I think he's been playing with it for some period now and it's not an issue at the moment.
“We will have to see whether this is a long-term problem. If he stays without any pain, then it's very possible he will just play on like that. If not, then the medical department, in conjunction with the player, will make a decision.”