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Chelsea club doctor Bryan English is pleased with the progress made by goalkeeper Petr Cech following surgery on a facial injury. The Czech Republic international underwent two hours of surgery on Sunday after cutting his face during training, ruling him out for another fortnight to compound his frustration following a recent ankle injury. Avram Grant's headache was only increased on Tuesday when Cech's replacement, Carlo Cudicini, sustained a hamstring problem in the Champions League win against Fenerbahce. Cudicini will be out for around a month but English was at least able to issue an upbeat report on the Blues' number one Cech. 'It's looking quite good,' he said. 'The stitches are to come out in about three to four days' time. 'When you have a deep cut, you have several layers that you need to sew back together again, so a lot of the stitches are deep in the skin as well as holding the skin back together. 'It was the depth that was a little bit more of a concern rather than the length of the cut,' English explained to Chelsea TV. Grant will therefore rely on Hilario in goal for Monday night's home game with Wigan. Reserve keeper Rhys Taylor, 18, is set to be drafted into the squad as back-up.