Cech sidelined with broken finger

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Petr_Cech1 AFP Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Prague – Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has broken his little finger and will miss the Czech Republic's friendly against hosts Turkey in Manisa on Wednesday, national team head coach Michal Bilek said on Monday.

“Petr is not flying with us,” Bilek told reporters as the Czech team met in Prague, adding Cech had broken the finger during Chelsea's 3-2 Premier League defeat at Newcastle on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Cech arrived in Prague but a scan showed a fracture.

Bilek said he would try Dnepropetrovsk keeper Jan Lastuvka against Turkey, with Hamburg stopper Jaroslav Drobny on the bench.

The Czech Republic are third in World Cup 2014 qualifying Group B, trailing leaders Italy by five points and Bulgaria by a point. – Sapa-AFP


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