MY HEL­MET Cech says spe­cial cap stopped him get­ting an­other bad head in­jury

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By MATT JOHN­SON

PETR CECH be­lieves his trade­mark hel­met might have spared him a sec­ond se­ri­ous head in­jury – al­most five years af­ter suf­fer­ing the skull frac­ture that con­vinced him to wear it.

Chelsea goal­keeper Cech needed hos­pi­tal treat­ment af­ter be­ing clat­tered by Ful­ham striker Or­lando Sa dur­ing Wed­nes­day night’s Car­ling Cup vic­tory.

Cech re­vealed he could not see straight or stand up in the dress­ing room at half-time and that, even af­ter be­ing given the all-clear by medics, he was close to pulling out of Satur­day’s Premier League win over Swansea.

But it could have been even worse for the 29-year-old had he not been wear­ing the head­gear he has donned in ev­ery match since a col­li­sion with Read­ing’s Stephen Hunt in Oc­to­ber 2006 forced him to have metal plates at­tached to his skull.

Re­call­ing Wed­nes­day night’s in­ci­dent, Cech said: “My head went back like when you get a right hook in box­ing. What hap­pened, I don’t know.

“I think the hel­met took most of the im­pact.”


Cech felt able to con­tinue for the few min­utes un­til half-time but failed to re-emerge af­ter the break as con­cus­sion set in.

“When I came in­side to the dress­ing room I couldn’t see prop­erly and I didn’t have the aware­ness of the space,” he said.

“There was no way I could con­tinue. I thought I would be all right but, as soon as I got into the dress­ing room, it was clear that my head wasn’t work­ing the way it should.

“As soon as I sat down, I couldn’t stand up. So we de­cided not to play be­cause it would have been re­ally stupid for me to carry on.”

Cech, who watched team-mate Di­dier Drogba knocked out cold in a col­li­sion in last month’s win over Nor­wich, added: “I went to hos­pi­tal and had a scan.

“With my his­tory, they were not tak­ing any chances. But all was clear and I was able to train on Fri­day.”

That was not the end of the story, how­ever. Cech re­vealed: “We weren’t sure if I would be able to play against Swansea.

“I went out for the warm-up and we said ‘If I’m okay in the warm-up then I play. But if I’m not right I’m not go­ing to play’.

“You can’t be naive and stupid to do things you shouldn’t.

“It would be stupid for me to play a game if I was not right.

“If you’re not right, you can make a mis­take that will cost your team-mates a game.

“So I had full aware­ness of what is at stake and I was fine and de­cided to play.”

COL­LI­SION COURSE: Cech takes a clat­ter­ing from

Ful­ham’s Or­lando Sa UN­LUCKY BREAK: Cech frac­tured his skull in a clash with Stephen Hunt

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