Petr Cech makes Chelsea return 18 months after retiring

It was Cech's first game since retiring as an Arsenal goalkeeper before his return to Chelsea as the club's technical and performance director in June 2019.

Petr Cech of Chelsea in action during the Premier League 2 match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Kingsmeadow on December 14, 2020 in Kingston upon Thames, England.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech returned to action for the first time since May 2019 after he was named in Chelsea's developmental squad for Monday's Premier League 2 game against Tottenham Hotspur at the Kingsmeadow stadium.

Cech, who played for Chelsea from 2004-2015 and was appointed technical advisor in June 2019, has been training with the senior team this season and was named emergency goalkeeper cover in their Premier League squad for the 2020-21 campaign.

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The Czech, who won 13 major trophies, including four Premier League titles and the Champions League at Chelsea, was included as back-up to Frank Lampard's side to safeguard against concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cech, 38, had retired as a player in May 2019 after playing for Arsenal in its Europa League final defeat by Chelsea.

Chelsea is fifth in the Premier League with 22 points from 12 games and travels to 13th-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday.

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