Chelsea's Cech sidelined in Turkey game with broken finger

Chelsea's Cech sidelined in Turkey game with broken finger

PRAGUE – Agence France-Presse
Chelseas Cech sidelined in Turkey game with broken finger

Chelsea's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech (L) during their team's training session ahead of the a FIFA Club World Cup game. EPA Photo

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has broken his little finger and will miss the Czech Republic's friendly against hosts Turkey in Manisa Feb. 6, national team head coach Michal Bilek said today.

"Petr is not flying with us," Bilek told reporters as the Czech team met in Prague, adding Cech had broken the finger during Chelsea's 3-2 Premier League defeat at Newcastle on Feb. 2.

The 30-year-old Cech arrived in Prague but a scan showed a fracture. Bilek said he would try Dnepropetrovsk keeper Jan Lastuvka against Turkey, with Hamburg stopper Jaroslav Drobny on the bench.

The Czech Republic are third in World Cup 2014 qualifying Group B, trailing leaders Italy by five points and Bulgaria by a point.

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