Posted on October 27, 2006
Chelsea’s Czech Republic international goalkeeper Petr Cech still wakes up with severe headaches following the collision with Reading’s Stephen Hunt that left him with depressured fracture of the skull.
The 24-year-old keeper, regarded as one of the best in the world, said his last memory is of changing ends before the game against Reading. He cannot recall the incident that occurred just 20 seconds into the match.
“You wake up and have a horrible headache, so you have to take your medication,” he told Chelsea’s website.
“I just try to live with that and every day it is going to get better.”
Cech underwent surgery to have two plates inserted in his skull and still has a visible scar
“I’ve seen it on TV once but don’t want to speak about this for the moment.
“The shake-hands is the last thing I remember because John Terry lost the toss and I had to run to the other side. That is the last thing.”
Cech said he had been greatly comforted by the public support he had received.
“I think it has been fantastic from everyone. It has been the players, the managers, the staff. It was everyone in Chelsea, including supporters,” he said.
“I got so many cards and letters from people outside, not involved in Chelsea, and I want to thank them all for that.”