Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon has allayed fears that Petr Cech will miss the start of the new season, and expects the 29-year-old to be raring to go come August 14.
Lollichon knows Cech better than most, having worked with the shot-stopper at Rennes and now Stamford Bridge. And Frenchman believes coach believes it may be only a matter of days before the Czech Republic international is ready to make his first appearance of pre-season.
"Petr is back in training step by step," Lollichon said. "He is better and very confident, but we have to wait a few days and he will be fine."
Chelsea’s pre-season tour has so far been a success, with the Blues defeating Portsmouth 1-0 on Saturday.
And Cech said that the performance of 18-year-old defender Tomas Kalas was top class, as Chelsea prepare for a new dawn under young manager Andre Villas-Boas.
"Against Portsmouth he made no mistake at all during the half," Cech said.
"He did superbly, but he is not going to Asia because he is to take part in the European Under-19 Championships.”
Cech, who was listed as one of GMF's Top Ten Premier League goalkeepers, has been pivotal to Chelsea's success since joining the club in 2004.
And, while he says personal accolades are always humbling, Cech just wants to contribute to the club taking the title back from Manchester United.
"I hope I will get more trophies next season because it's not all about personal records," he added. "I am happy if my contribution and performances help us to win trophies. Last season was a great one for me personally, but unfortunately it was not a great one for the team.
"Hopefully, the next one will be one of the best for the team because this is why I am playing football.
“Individual trophies and awards are nice. But in the end it is the team's success and the trophies we win that count the most."