Leading Madrid-based paper Marca have revealed this Thursday morning that Petr Cech’s shoulder injury is very bad news for Atletico Madrid.
On the face of it, Cech’s injury, meaning Mark Schwarzer will play in goal against Atletico in the second leg at Stamford Bridge, is a positive for Diego Simeone’s side.
But, Cech’s lay-off could now compromise the future of Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois.
Chelsea are, according to Marca, holding off on when to perform surgery on Cech with the suggestion that if the Blues reach the Champions League final, the Czech keeper will play in Lisbon and then fix up his shoulder.
With Cech set to be out for three months, Courtois’ expected loan to Atletico Madrid could be scrapped entirely with the Belgian returning to Chelsea to take over the number one role under Jose Mourinho.
A contract extension for Courtois at Chelsea combined with another loan (the fourth year) for the Belgian was expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
This was compromised by Atletico Madrid facing Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals and the discussion over whether Courtois could play.
Now, Atletico fear Chelsea may bring back Courtois as the long-term replacement for Cech, earlier than expected.