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Aussie keeper coach Franken: I hope Schwarzer gets game time at Chelsea

Australia goalkeeping coach Tony Franken just hopes Mark Schwarzer gets the game time he requires to keep himself sharp ahead of next year's World Cup.

The 40-year old veteran has signed a one-year deal with Chelsea to become Petr Cech's no.2 with Franken suggesting the move is a slight risk for the Socceroos.

"Obviously there is a concern there with the amount of games Mark will play next year leading into the World Cup," Franken told SBS.

"With Chelsea competing on the four fronts of the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup, I'd like to think that he will play a fair few games.

"Knowing Mark's character he won't be going to Chelsea to consider himself as purely the No 2. The club might think that, but he won't.

"I just hope that Mark does get the matches that will keep him at level he is accustomed to."

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Andrew Slevison
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