Oh, the irony. The distasteful, hard-to-swallow, unpoetic, agonizing irony.
Petr Cech will reportedly miss the rest of the Chelsea season due to a dislocated right shoulder sustained in Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at Atletico Madrid.
In just the 16th minute of the match, Cech rose to routinely knock the ball behind the ball behind his own cross bar for a corner kick, but landed awkwardly after having his legs taken out from under him by a combination of the onrushing David Luiz and Atleti's Raul Garcia.
Cech wasted no time signalling the Chelsea medical staff to help him off the pitch, and second-string keeper Mark Schwarzer was told to check in after a brief and seemingly excruciatingly painful on-field exam.
Cech was checked into a local hospital to help assess the situation quickly, but he will certainly miss any remaining Chelsea fixtures at the most crucial stage of the campaign, according to the latest reports from BBC Sport.
The unfortunate irony of the situation was that the 31-year-old Blues' legend was facing his potential replacement in Thibaut Courtois, on-loan at Atletico.
Courtois did well controlling his penalty area against his parent club at the Vicente Calderon, but wasn't forced to make any spectacular saves that could give Jose Mourinho and his staff a close-up look at the blossoming 21-year old Belgian international.
The debate will continue to rage at the West London club as to what should be done at the goalkeeper position moving forward, but with Cech's unfortunate and untimely injury set back, a summer move back to Stamford Bridge seems all the more realistic for Courtois.
Chelsea skipper John Terry also went down in the second half with a sprained ankle after an innocuous clash in the penalty area. Luckily for the Blues, the match ended 0-0 and they'll head home for next week's second leg confident of progression to their second Champions League final in three years.
But without their first choice man between the posts, the trophy race looks grim for Mourinho in his first season back at the Chelsea helm.
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