I thought I will die: Petr Cech reveals key to return from his horrific head injury

15 years on: Petr Cech reveals key to return from his horrific head injury

Petr Cech went through a horrific head injury 15 years ago on this day, when Stephen Hunt’s leg ended up fracturing his skull.

Despite fears that he would never play again, Cech returned in his now-iconic headgear to lead Chelsea to all the big trophies once again.

He spoke to chelseafc.com about the key to his return, saying: “I said to myself, I will do everything that is possible to continue playing the game I loved. I set my mind and targets on that. I never asked myself ‘what if?’.

“I put all my energy into doing the right thing, with the guidance of the medical team. Together, with the support of my family and friends, I managed to get through it and end up on the pitch much faster than everybody expected.

“When you try your best, you give yourself a chance. All the support, all the medical care from the club and the medical team at the Oxford hospital, that was the key for me to come back.

“Some people may have questioned if I would be the same goalkeeper, but I never played football to prove a point to anyone. I played to do my best every day.

“During the three months of recovery, the hard, physical work I did on my own meant I was really fit and I felt really good.”

Cech played with the Blues for 9 more years after his return from injury, making 244 league appearances and winning the Premier League as well as the Champions League.

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