Federation Internationale de Football Association 21 Petr Cech: Will EA bring the ICON into latest squads?

Petr Cech

The 38-year-old who is the club's technical chief will be needed should the club feel short in the goalkeeping department and according to Lampard they still had a space in the squad for one player.

Chelsea have called up Petr Cech back from retirement as the goalkeeper makes the 25-man Premier League squad for the English giants.

"Petr Cech has been included in the squad as emergency goalkeeper cover", a statement on Chelsea's website read.

Cech's final game before retiring was against Chelsea for Arsenal in the Europa League final in May 2019 before returning to Stamford Bridge in an executive role.

In a statement, Chelsea noted this was a "precautionary step due to the unprecedented conditions now caused by the COVID-19 crisis".

Ozil, who is under contract with Arsenal until June 2021 and earns a reported 350,000 pounds (452,830 dollars) per week, has not played for Mikel Arteta's side this season.

Federation Internationale de Football Association 21 Petr Cech: Will EA bring the ICON into latest squads?

Nevertheless, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will be hoping that he won't be needing Cech anytime soon this season. "He is training a lot of days with them which is invaluable for experience".

"Pete has been training with the goalkeepers for a few weeks now, he is passing on quality".

Chelsea signed Edouard Mendy from Rennes in the transfer window, after Kepa Arrizabalaga's poor form continued into the new campaign.

Mendy, who kept the Blues' sole clean sheet in the league this season on his debut against Crystal Palace, has been suffering with a thigh problem but was named the starter for Tuesday night's Champions League opener against Sevilla. "I don't expect it but nobody expected what we've seen in the last six or seven months around the world". I certainly felt it was a no brainer to have Pete in the squad for that reason and he can only help the goalkeepers we have. But, he picked up an injury and had to miss the Southampton game, where Kepa once again conceded three goals.

"If we're in crisis we couldn't ask for anything much better than having Petr Cech around".