Grant faces keeper crisis
Chelsea set to enter final part of season without Cech or Cudicini
By Robin Hackett. Last Updated: April 9, 2008 7:55am
Avram Grant has admitted that goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini 'doesn't look so good' after his injury - but says he has faith in third-choice shot-stopper Hilario.
Chelsea made it through to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League thanks to a 2-0 victory over Fenerbahce at Stamford Bridge, giving them a 3-2 aggregate success.
However, the win came at a cost as Cudicini was taken off with an injury in the 25th minute and, with Petr Cech having been ruled out for at least two weeks, Grant may have to rely on Hilario for some vital matches in the remainder of the season.
But the former Israel boss insists Hilario and 18-year-old youth team keeper Rhys Taylor are more than able to deputise.
"The news is that is doesn't look so good for the moment with Carlo but we need to wait and see," said Grant.
"This year I am more a doctor than a manager, I need to answer every week about injuries.
"We have Hilario and have the goalkeeper from the youth team. He is a good goalkeeper."
He added: "It is very important for a third goalkeeper to do a good job when you need him, and we have needed him [Hilario] this year.
"It's not easy when you lose your goalkeeper. Hilario was good."