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By ESPN Staff
Nov 9, 2006

Swedish keeper Hedman on trial at Chelsea

LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Former Sweden goalkeeper Magnus Hedman has come out of retirement to have a trial with Chelsea after Petr Cech's long-term injury.

The London club said on their Web site that 33-year-old Hedman was being considered as third-choice keeper after Carlo Cudicini and previous Hilario moved up the pecking order.

'What happens now is that I go over there and train for a couple of days so they can see how things look,' Hedman was quoted as saying on Swedish TV4's Web site.

'I mean, it is one and a half years since I played soccer and that is a long time.'

Hedman, a former Celtic and Coventry City keeper, has worked as a pundit for TV4 since retiring from the game in 2005.

'They (Chelsea) mainly want to see that I'm not overweight and can move well and still have good technique. It feels pretty promising right now,' he said.

Hedman added that Chelsea were considering signing him for the rest of the season.

Cech is still recovering from a fractured skull suffered last month in a league win at Reading. The Czech international had two metal plates inserted into his head and is not expected to return to training until late January.

Third-choice Hilario has deputised for Cech and Cudicini, who was also knocked unconscious at Reading but returned for Chelsea's League Cup win over Aston Villa on Wednesday.