Petr Cech can’t remember waking up on the day he suffered horrendous head injury

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has revealed he can't remember anything from the day he suffered his horrendous head injury.

Cech was left with a depressed skull fracture after a collision in the first minute of a Premier League match away at Reading in October 2006.

He was rushed to hospital to have emergency surgery which included having two metal plates fitted in his skull, a procedure which ultimately saved his life.

The former Czech Republic captain returned to action a matter of months later and thought he could recall the events leading up to the injury – that was, until he returned to Reading the next season.

In a column on Chelsea's official website to mark the 15th anniversary of the incident, Cech said: "I had played for Czech Republic against Ireland in Dublin a few days before. We drew 1-1. I flew directly to London.

"I was quite tired after the international break, so the night before the game at Reading I had a massage, which I didn’t often have, to help get rid of the fatigue a little bit faster.

"Then I went to my hotel room, and that is the last thing I remember.

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"I had thought I remembered going to the stadium and the dressing room, and doing the warm-up.

"But in August 2007, when we came to Reading to play them, I realised it was a coincidence of a different stadium.

"I thought the indoor area looked a certain way, but when we got there and I was walking to the dressing room, it was not what I thought I remembered. Probably that flashback was a completely different stadium!"

Cech adopted his now iconic helmet which allowed him to continue his football career despite the skull fracture.

He is now in a backroom role at Stamford Bridge as the Blues' technical and performance advisor, a position he has held since 2019.

And he also plays as a goaltender for ice hockey side Guildford Phoenix, whom he re-signed for last month for the 2021/22 season.

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