Cech might have trained with the team, but that doesn't mean he's available

Clive Rose

Earlier today we saw that Petr Cech was in training despite suffering a separated shoulder that had, according to Jose Mourinho and pretty much everyone else, ruled him out for the season. Although backup Mark Schwarzer had a fine game against Atletico Madrid after Cech was pulled and an equally fine one at Anfield, I'm pretty sure everyone would rather have Cech in goal for the rest of the campaign, and seeing him train gave us hope that maybe -- just maybe he might be back.

Mourinho then proceeded to quash that hope as though we were Liverpool pining after a league title:

Everybody's ready and he's ready and that's the message we wanted to give. Everybody was on the pitch. It's a very important match for our group. Everybody's together, everybody wants to help, everybody wants to play.

[Cech's] condition doesn't allow him to play, but [that was the] message from him and the group.

-Source: Mail.

In other words, unless this is a weird Mourinho mind game, be glad we signed Mark Schwarzer to back Petr up. Can you imagine how much more stressful life would be if we had Ross Turnbull between the sticks for a Champions League semifinal?

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