Updated: Wednesday, 23 April 2014 03:31 | By Agence France-Presse

Veteran Schwarzer replaces injured Cech

Chelsea suffered a huge blow just 17 minutes into their Champions League semi-final, first leg away to Atletico Madrid as goalkeeper Petr Cech was forced off with an injury.

Veteran Schwarzer replaces injured Cech

Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (L) watches as Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech leaves the field after injury at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on April 22, 2014 - by Javier Soriano

The Czech international landed awkwardly when he clashed with Raul Garcia when defending an Atletico corner.

Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was therefore forced into action and became the oldest player to ever feature in the knockout stages of the Champions League at the age of 41.

Schwarzer has barely featured in his first season at Chelsea since moving from London rivals Fulham, but did start in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at home to Sunderland.

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