Batman keeps guard at Chelsea

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Petr Cech was able to laugh off his latest injury scare after breaking his nose in Chelsea's 1-0 win against Blackburn.

Frank Lampard scored the only goal of the game on 51 minutes with a low header from Branislav Ivanovich's cross, although the first-half injury to Cech was the main talking point before the England international's goal.

"We'll see how it turns out. If I were to start, then it would only be while wearing a mask. I already wear a headgear and I think that I would look like Batman," said Cech post-match.

"I don't want to make any prognosis. Let's wait and see what the doctors say."

The 29-year-old wears a head-guard after a collision with Stephen Hunt against Reading at the Madejski Stadium in October 2006, and was braced for the latest impact as Yakubu and Ashley Cole challenged in-front of him.

"Yakubu was approaching me. I stopped him from scoring but Ashley Cole inadvertently hit me. I thought I would have to be substituted, that was why I gestured towards our bench to prepare the substitution," he recalled.

"But then they fixed it as best as they could in that situation and somehow I finished the match.

"I'm glad to have made another two saves and this is a very important win. I'm also pleased with the clean sheet."

Andre Villas-Boas was understandably delighted to claim a vital victory, and hailed the bravery of his goalkeeper despite some late pressure from Steve Kean's side at Ewood Park.

"What can I say about Petr? He hung on bravely with a broken nose. He's very injury prone in football and all sorts of things have happened to him," said the manager.

"We have come to a difficult place and got the points we wanted. Hopefully we can build on this."

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