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Last Updated: Monday, 16 October 2006, 10:22 GMT 11:22 UK
Bolton would lend Chelsea keeper
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce
Allardyce wants to get his reserve keepers out on loan
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce has offered to lend his Chelsea counterpart, Jose Mourinho, one of his goalkeepers.

Chelsea are without their first-choice stoppers after both Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini suffered head injuries during Saturday's win against Reading.

A Bolton spokesman said: "Sam suggested that if we can get keepers out on loan, then we will consider it.

"He said yesterday if Jose or Chelsea come enquiring about them, we will certainly talk to them."

Under Premier League rules, Chelsea would have to apply to the board if they wanted to draft in a temporary goalkeeper.

The board have discretion to allow their request if they consider the circumstances to be exceptional.

I'm ok - just a little bit of a headache but apart from that ok

Carlo Cudicini

Uefa rules, which apply to the Champions League, also allow a club to bring in a temporary stopper if they have two keepers ruled out by long-term injury or illness.

The club must announce the change to Uefa 24 hours before the goalkeeper will be expected to play.

With Jussi Jaaskelainen firmly in place as the Bolton number one, Allardyce has former England international Ian Walker, Oman international Ali Al-Habsi and trainee Chris Howarth waiting in the wings.

Al-Habsi moved to the Reebok Stadium in the January transfer window but has yet to make any appearances for the club while Walker has only played once this season in the Carling Cup.

Cech faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a depressed fracture of his skull.

Cudicini was also concussed and carried off during the match but was released from hospital later on Saturday.

The Italian was well enough to visit the club's training ground on Monday where he gave Chelsea TV an update on his progress.

"I'm ok. Just a little bit of a headache but apart from that, ok.

"I've had a lot of messages, from here, from Italy, and I use this occasion to thank everybody for their concern about my situation."

The Italian, however, is doubtful for Wednesday's Champions League home tie against Barcelona and Chelsea are likely to turn to third choice keeper Hilario.

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