Report: Petr Cech out for months after shoulder surgery

Paul Gilham

Dislocated shoulders are difficult to figure out, because the joint is so complex that a lot can go wrong. In some cases, it's possible to recover quickly, in others, especially when the ligaments are damaged, it's not. And, considering how much bad news has swirled around this Chelsea team, it's not much of a surprise to hear that Petr Cech's dislocated shoulder is of the particularly bad kind.

The Daily Mail are reporting that we should expect to be without Cech's services for three months, which would delay his preseason and could have an impact on his preparation for next year. It hasn't gone unnoted that this is the same sort of situation which greeted Cech upon his arrival at Stamford Bridge -- a surprise injury to undisputed number one Carlo Cudicini gave Cech a chance in the first team, and he's been an ever-present since. The parallels with Thibaut Courtois are, at this point, obvious.

If Cech really does miss months, the plans around Courtois will almost inevitably have to change. Rumour has it that the Blues were planning on sending him back to Atletico Madrid for another two seasons after the young Belgian signs a new deal, now I'd guess that he stays at Chelsea at least through pre-season. It's not at all out of the question that this injury results in him finding his way to the first team years earlier than expected.

Although we're obviously in good shape long-term at goalkeeper, it's still really sad to see Cech, who's been incredible for us over the past decade, suffer such a bad injury. This is definitely not how we wanted to end the season.

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