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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 October 2006, 16:32 GMT 17:32 UK
Cech returns home from hospital
Petr Cech faces a long period of time out of the game
Cech may not be fit until next season
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has left hospital and is expected to return to light training on Monday.

The 24-year-old suffered a fractured skull in a collision with Reading's Stephen Hunt on 14 October.

A Chelsea statement read: "Petr Cech continues to make excellent progress from his injury.

"It is standard practice to allow three months for a skull fracture to repair and we are working to that timescale for a return to full training."

The Czech keeper was injured in the first minute of Chelsea's 1-0 win over Reading and later had emergency surgery to insert two metal plates in his head.

His replacement Carlo Cudicini was knocked unconscious later in the same game, leaving third-choice Hilario with an unexpected run in the first team.

Cudicini is now back in training and close to a return, while it is doubtful whether Cech will play again this season.



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