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Keeper Turnbull gets Chelsea chance

An injury to stand-in Chelsea FC goalkeeper Henrique Hilário, added to Petr Čech's continued absence, means that Ross Turnbull could be in line to face FC Internazionale Milano on Tuesday.

Ross Turnbull should make his Premier League debut for Chelsea this weekend
Ross Turnbull should make his Premier League debut for Chelsea this weekend ©Getty Images

Stand-in Chelsea FC goalkeeper Henrique Hilário has been ruled out of Saturday's Premier League game against West Ham United FC – meaning 25-year-old Ross Turnbull will make his debut and may also be between the posts for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League first knockout round decider against FC Internazionale Milano.

With first-choice keeper Petr Čech recovering from a torn thigh muscle, coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that Hilário was out of contention for West Ham's visit with an unspecified injury along with defender Ricardo Carvalho. Ancelotti said: "Hilário is not able to play tomorrow, so in goal will play Turnbull. We don't know if Hilário or Petr will be able to play Tuesday, but Carvalho I think will have no problem."

Turnbull came to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2009, joining as a free agent after leaving his first club, Middlesbrough FC. His only competitive appearances for Chelsea so far have been as a substitute in a 4-0 English League Cup win against Bolton Wanderers FC and all 90 minutes of the 2-2 draw with APOEL FC in the UEFA Champions League group stage. Chelsea trail Inter 2-1 from the first leg in Milan.