Cech fit for play-off test


Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech will feature for the Czech Republic in their crunch Euro 2012 first-leg play-off against Montenegro.

The Blues stopper broke his nose after an collision with Ashley Cole during last weekend's victory over Blackburn Rovers.

Fears were rife Cech would be unable to play against Montenegro, however a specially made piece of face-wear will help protect the 29-year-old.

"It's a bit unusual but I used to play ice hockey when I was a kid so I had wires before my eyes and I never minded that," Cech said.

Asked about testing the mask for the first time, the 29-year-old added: "They threw a ball from a metre at it and it hurt only as if they had touched the nose.

"If I considered all risks, I wouldn't have to come here.

"There are things in the game that you can't influence. If I get hit, I'll get hit."

The country's team doctor says Cech should be play with the injury, even he is still suffering from some discomfort.

"Petr has managed the whole practice and he's able to play on Friday," Petr Krejci said.

"He feels pain after certain hits, but it's still an injury he can play with."

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