Cech eyeing summer surgery

  • Last Updated: September 10 2012, 14:48 BST

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is set to undergo surgery at the end of the season to sort out a minor elbow problem.

Petr Cech: Needs minor elbow operation

The Blues have asked Czech Republic not to play Cech in Tuesday's game against Finland as well as another friendly with Slovakia in November.

And the national side have agreed to rest the 30-year-old for non-competitive fixtures ahead of the planned operation next summer.

But team doctor Petr Krejci insists Cech should be able to feature for Chelsea until the end of the season.

"An investigation showed a bit of ossification in his elbow, so they (Chelsea) are planning a surgery in England after the season," Krejci told CTK.

"They have very kindly asked us if we could rest him in friendly fixtures. We have come to an agreement with coach Michal Bilek and decided to be on good terms with Chelsea.

"We are going to grant their wish and rest him.

"Petr cannot stretch the arm properly. If he has to stretch the elbow, it hurts him sometimes. There is nothing to be worried about, though. There is basically nothing that could make this problem worse.

"The only thing that could force an immediate surgery is if the intensity of pain would get much higher or if the elbow was blocked in some way."