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By ESPN Staff

Hedman signs deal as Chelsea back-up

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Swedish goalkeeper Magnus Hedman.

Hedman, 33, who has been on trial with the club, has signed a contract until the end of the season.

A Chelsea spokesperson confirmed: ``Magnus Hedman has agreed terms with Chelsea until the end of the season. He will act as goalkeeper cover to Carlo Cudicini and Hilario and will remain in that role when Petr Cech returns from injury.''

Cech, 24, is currently recovering from a skull operation after being seriously injured in the opening minute of Chelsea's match against Reading in the Barclays Premiership last month.

Former Sweden international Hedman has previous experience of the British game, having played for Coventry and Celtic.