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By ESPN Staff

Cech desperate to ease keeping crisis

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is back in training and waiting for surgeons to give him the go-ahead to play following his horrific facial injury. Cech required 50 stitches to his chin and lip after an accidental training ground collision with team-mate Tal Ben-Haim, and speculation was rife he would miss the rest of the season. But the Czech Republic international, who still wears a protective helmet after fracturing his skull earlier in his Chelsea career, hopes to return quicker than expected if his wound can be protected. Cech had only just recovered from an ankle injury before his collision with Ben-Haim and his return to action cannot come quick enough for Chelsea. The club's number two goalkeeper, Carlo Cudicini, was forced out of action in the first half of their Champions League quarter-final victory over Fenerbahce on Tuesday night with a hamstring problem. That left the Blues with only third-choice keeper Hilario but Cech is hopeful his team-mate will not have to carry the burden for much longer. 'I can still train,' Cech announced. 'The problem is I cannot afford any contact so I can run, I can do some stuff in the gym and I am waiting for the solution from the surgeon to get me back on the field. 'As soon as we can get the solution, hopefully there will be a chance for me to play. It looks much better, it feels much better and it is not that swollen. The recovery is going well at the moment. 'There are still plenty of games to play and I have been missing games for a long time and I can't wait to be back.'