Former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has said that recovering from his head injury sustained in 2006 was the toughest challenge of his career.
The Czech suffered a fractured skull in a game away to Reading, as Steven Hunt’s knee collided with Cech’s head as both players chased a through ball.
The 33-year old, who moved to London rivals Arsenal last summer, was out for three months with what was described by doctors as a “life-threatening” injury.
However, speaking to Arsenal Player, Cech has said that the injury was a huge challenge, with the shotstopper still having to wear his protective helmet:
“There were a lot of people saying it was probably the end and that I would not play again,” he said.
“You get so many people telling you that you should take time, you should take the whole year off and build up slowly to get back; I wanted to get back playing as this is what I enjoy the most and it was a challenge to prove to everyone that I don’t need a whole year.
“It was a massive challenge for me because there were days when you just feel like it will never happen, it’s not going well, you don’t feel well and you think, ‘OK, what am I going to do.’
“But then you had days where all the positive things came back and I was really happy with the way I did it. I enjoyed the rest of the season when I came back because it was kind of a bonus.
“Nobody expected me to play so I really enjoyed that because I played with less pressure as I was appreciating the fact that I was back.”