Chelsea are considering whether to play goalkeeper Petr Cech in tonight’s Premier League game against Wigan.
The Londoners stopper was involved in a training ground collision with team mate Tal Ben-Haim last week and had 50 stitches in a face wound as well as undergoing surgery.
Coach Avram Grant said “We are testing a mask. But for now it’s a risk.”
Cech has trained with and without the mask and Grant is awaiting a medical decision on whether to play him.
Cech’s normal understudy Carlo Cudicini has a hamstring injury that could rule him out for the rest of the season so third-choice Hilario will play if the Czech keeper is kept on the sidelines.
Chelsea are six points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United but could draw level if they win their next two games, against Wigan at Stamford Bridge, and then on Thursday at Everton. United though have a far superior goal difference.