But doctors order Arsenal No 1 to keep it on
- Petr Cech has been wearing protective headgear for nine years
- He suffered a fractured skull while playing for chelsea at Reading
- Goalkeeper was ruled out of three months and required brain surgery
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has revealed his desire to play without his helmet – but has been forbidden to do so by medical professionals.
The 33-year-old has worn protective headgear since 2006 after suffering a fractured skull during former club Chelsea’s trip to Reading.
Cech was ruled out of action for three months after a collision with Stephen Hunt.
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech says he wants to play without his helmet but has been told he can’t
Cech has been wearing protective headgear since 2006 – after fracturing his skull while playing for Chelsea
Cech (left) suffered the injury folliwing a collision with then Reading midfielder Stephen Hunt
Cech was ruled out of action for three months and required emergency brain surgery
Cech pictured without a helmet while playing for Chelsea in February 2006 – prior to his head injury
On October 14, 2006 Petr Cech suffered a fractured skull in the first minute of Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Reading in the Premier League.
While coming to halt a Reading attack, the goalkeeper’s head collided with the leg of onrushing Royals midfielder Stephen Hunt.
Cech was transferred to the Radcliffe Infirmary’s specialist neurosurgical unit in Oxford where he underwent brain surgery – ruling him out for three months.
On January 20, 2007 Cech made his comeback in a 2-0 defeat by Liverpool.
That appearance saw him wear a helmet to protect his skull – something he has done ever since.
Cech required emergency brain surgery and still wears his protective head guard nine years on from the incident.
He was rushed to the Royal Berkshire Hospital, where it was discovered he had a depressed skull fracture.
He was then transferred to the specialist neurosurgical unit at Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, where two loose pieces of skull were lifted away from the brain and replaced with metal plates.
And while Cech accepts the safety reasons behind his headgear, the Czech Republic international says the protective helmet affects his hearing on the pitch. But there is nothing he can do about it due to insurance reasons.
‘I would be more confident if I had it off. If you like it or not, the helmet affects your surroundings,’ he told Tyden.
‘You have your ears covered and it makes hearing worse.
‘But the doctor has forbidden me to take off the helmet. If I did, I would not pay insurance.’
Despite wearing the helmet for nine years, Cech says his hearing is affected on the pitch because of it
Source: Daily Mail