Cech fit to face Montenegro
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Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech is fit to face Montenegro in Friday's UEFA EURO 2012 play-off despite his broken nose.

"Petr has managed the whole practice and he's able to play on Friday," team docter Petr Krejci said after Thursday's practice. "He feels pain after certain hits, but it's still an injury he can play with."

Cech, the first-choice keeper for the Czech Republic, broke his nose in a clash with team-mate Ashley Cole in Chelsea's 1-0 win at Blackburn Rovers last Saturday.

There are things in the game that you can't influence. If I get hit, I'll get hit.
Petr Cech, Czech Republic goalkeeper

The 29-year-old, who already wears protective headgear following a skull fracture five years ago, has had a special mask made of carbon fibres in Italy to protect his nose. "It's a bit unusual, but I used to play ice-hockey when I was a kid so I had wires before my eyes and I never minded that," Cech said.

When he was testing the mask, "they threw a ball from a metre at it and it hurt only as if they had touched the nose," he added. "If I considered all risks, I wouldn't have to come here," he said after arriving in Prague on Wednesday. "There are things in the game that you can't influence. If I get hit, I'll get hit," said Cech.