(dpa) - Chelsea will be without their goalkeeper Petr Cech for the next two weeks after he had surgery on his lips and chin on Monday following a training ground accident.
The 25-year-old suffered the injuries after a collision with a teammate in training. He misses Tuesday's Champions League quarter- final second-leg match against Fenerbahce.
Cech has missed the past nine games and now faces a race to be fit for the crucial league match against Manchester United on April 26 as Chelsea, presently three points behind, try to pip United to the title.
"He has been unlucky with injuries this year," Chelsea manager Avram Grant said. "But this is football - it happens.
"It was a tackle between two players, it doesn't matter who, all that matters is he is injured. This year is not a good year for him. It is his third injury.
"He was looking good in training. I think he will be out for two weeks, something like this. I don't feel so good about it but every player that is injured doesn't make me happy."