Petr Čech has not played since featuring for Arsenal in the Europa League final last May though was registered in Chelsea’s Premier League squad amid the coronavirus pandemic
Petr Čech is set to play for Chelsea’s development squad against Tottenham in a Premier League 2 fixture at Kingsmeadow on Monday.
This will not be a regular thing for Cech. He is only playing because regular goalkeeper, Lucas Bergstrom, played for Chelsea’s Under-18s on Saturday and the Blues do not want the Finn to play twice in such quick succession.
Croatian goalkeeper Karlo Ziger could theoretically step in, but the 19-year-old is currently part of the first-team bubble, and Chelsea would rather he remain with Lampard’s squad than leave to play in the game and then have to be tested for COVID-19 before re-entering next week.
Čech returned to Stamford Bridge as technical and performance director last June, just days after losing to the Blues in the Europa League final.
The goalkeeper was playing for Arsenal then having previously spent 11 years in west London with Chelsea.
Čech, who is younger than Caballero, has stayed fit by training with Lampard’s side and semi-regularly playing ice hockey with local club Guildford Phoenix.
The 38-year-old hung up his gloves in 2019 to take up the backroom role at Stamford Bridge, but he has continued to train with the first team and was included in Chelsea’s 25-man Premier League squad as ’emergency cover’.