Petr Cech is set to make a return and start for Chelsea’s development squad against Tottenham in a Premier League 2 match on Monday.
The 38-year-old retired from playing football in 2019 after establishing a reputation as one of the best keepers of his generation.
Since last June he has been working for Chelsea as a technical and performance advisor, but was recently included in their Premier League squad by the club as emergency cover.
Cech has been keeping himself fit, and is regularly seen participating in training with the first team. And, The Athletic claim Cech will be included in the starting line-up for the game at Kingsmeadow on Monday.
Cech is regarded as a legend at Stamford Bridge after making 494 appearances over 11 seasons with the blues between 2004-2015.
He won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League during a spell at the club, but it comes as a surprise that he appears to be performing a U-turn on his retirement.
Speaking about Cech in October, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said: “Pete’s been training with the goalkeepers for a little while now. I think that was pretty much common knowledge, and he is training a lot of days with them which is invaluable for their experience.
“It helps with their training and it helps me to know that he is passing on that quality and experience to the goalkeepers.
“We had a space in the squad, we know this year looks like no other because of Covid and what it might do to selection and isolation through the year, so it was a very easy decision. Pete still does his day job but he is there if we need him.
“He is very fit, he is still relatively young, he probably could have carried on playing.”