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Chelsea suffer goalkeeping crisis

Carlo Ancelotti will be forced to select third-choice goalkeeper Ross Turnbull for Chelsea’s crucial Champions League tie with Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan.

Petr Cech tore a calf muscle in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat at the San Siro and his deputy, Henrique Hilario, picked up a groin injury during the FA Cup victory over Stoke City last weekend.

As a result Ancelotti will have to hand Turnbull his Champions League debut in a must win game against the Italian champions. The 25-year-old keeper, who joined The Blues from Middlesbrough during the summer, has made just one start for the London club to date.

However, Turnball will play for Chelsea tomorrow against West Ham at Stamford Bridge with Ancelotti hopeful that the 25-year-old comes through injury free and full of confidence.

'It'll be very difficult for our other goalkeepers to recover by Tuesday, so this will be a big test for Ross, for sure,' the Chelsea manager said. 'But I think that he won't have a problem. He hasn't had many possibilities to play for us, but he's worked very hard and had a lot of sessions with our goalkeeping coach to improve his quality. This is a good opportunity for him.

'He has stayed here at Cobham to train individually with the goalkeeping coach. I understand it will be very, very difficult because there is a big difference between training and games like these. I think Ross understands this also. But he has the quality to do well. He is a good goalkeeper and he won't be worried. He's a very calm man, and I'd have no problem playing him against Inter.'

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