Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is suffering from an elbow injury that will require surgery next off-season, according to the Czech Republic's team doctor.
European champion Chelsea is hoping to manage Cech through the season and it has asked the
Czech national coach
"An investigation showed a bit of ossification in his elbow, so they (Chelsea) are planning a surgery in
"They have asked us if we could rest him in friendly fixtures. We have come to an agreement with coach
"We are going to grant their wish and rest him.
"Petr cannot stretch the arm properly. If he has to stretch the elbow, it hurts him sometimes.
"There is nothing to be worried about, though. There is basically nothing that could make this problem worse.
"The only thing that could force an immediate surgery is if the intensity of pain would get much higher or if the elbow was blocked in some way."
Cech captained the
FIFA World Cup
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