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Petr Cech back on training pitch

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has made a surprise return to the training pitch ahead of the club's Champions League semifinal second-leg clash with Atletico Madrid.

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However, Jose Mourinho said his goalkeeper will not be able to play on Wednesday.

"Obviously his condition doesn't allow him to play, but the message from the group was that: everyone is and wants to do (well), but his condition obviously doesn't give him a chance," Mourinho said.

Centre-back John Terry, midfielder Eden Hazard and striker Samuel Eto'o were all also back in training on Tuesday morning.

Cech had been ruled out for the remainder of the season after sustaining a shoulder injury during the first leg at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, according to Mourinho.

However, the Czech goalkeeper emerged for training with the rest of the Blues' squad on Tuesday morning and, according to Sky Sports News, said "of course" when asked if he was fit.

Cech, who missed the 2-0 win over Liverpool on Sunday, did not go through the same thorough drills as Mark Schwarzer, who deputised for that trip to Anfield and had been expected to remain in the side for the rest of the season.

Club captain Terry also withdrew from last week's 0-0 draw in the Spanish capital early with an ankle injury that Mourinho claimed would rule him out unless Chelsea reached the May 24 final in Lisbon, but the centre-back was among his teammates at Chelsea's Cobham training base ahead of the return leg at Stamford Bridge.

Attacking midfielder Hazard, who was named the PFA's Young Player of the Year on Sunday, has not played since the second leg of the quarterfinal against Paris Saint-Germain on April 8, when he suffered a calf injury.

Eto'o has been out for 10 days with a knee injury since the striker scored in the 2-1 home defeat to Sunderland on April 19.


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