Petr Cech sustained a horrible head injury while playing against Reading football club at their home stadium Madejski stadium on 14 October 2006 when he collided with Reading midfielder Stephen Hunt inside Chelsea’s penalty area within the first minute of a Premier League match. Hunt’s right knee hit Cech’s head, leaving the goalkeeper requiring treatment on the pitch. Petr Cech was taken off after several minutes and replaced by substitute Carlo Cudicini, who himself was knocked unconscious later in the same game, forcing Chelsea captain John Terry to play in goal for the match’s remaining minutes. Petr Cech underwent surgery for a fractured skull. Initially unaware of the seriousness of the injury, the doctors later reported that it nearly cost Cech his life, and as a result of the collision, he suffered intense headaches.
Chelsea manager José Mourinho blamed Hunt for Cech’s injury, calling his challenge “a disgrace”. He also criticised the South Central Ambulance Service Trustand match referee Mike Riley. A number of Pundits, including current and former goalkeepers, saw the incident as highlighting the need for greater protection for goalkeepers.
Čech was able to return home on 24 October 2006 and participated in light training the following week. Chelsea, however, announced that the goalkeeper would be out for three months, in line with medical advice on the time needed for complete recovery from the skull fracture. In an interview, Petr Cech said that he had no memory of the injury itself.
Comeback From The Injury
Cech made his return in a Premier League match against Liverpool on 20 January 2007, which Chelsea eventually lost 2–0, wearing a headgear as a protective measure. Long after his injuries healed completely, Cech has continued to wear the cap to his matches till date.
Although Chelsea lost Petr Cech’s comeback match, he then went approximately 810 minutes of Premier League play without conceding a goal. On 11 April 2007, Cech was awarded the Premier League player of The Month for the first time in his chelsea career, in recognition of his eight successive league clean sheets. He was the first goalkeeper to receive the award since Tim Fowler in 2000. This run was ended during a 4–1 Chelsea victory over Westham United on 18 April 2007 when Carlos Tevez scored against him.
Trophies Won By The Goalkeeper
Petr Cech kept a clean sheet for Chelsea to win the 2007 FA Cup Final against Manchester United. He and United’s Edwin van der Sar shared the honour of being the first goalkeepers to keep a clean sheet over 90 minutes in a competitive fixture at the new national stadium, The Wembley stadium, but Čech became the first goalkeeper to end a competitive game unbeaten, as Chelsea beat United 1–0 to win the FA Cup. He won four premier league titles with Chelsea, and on may 19 2012, his heroics between the post helped Chelsea to win the champions league title against a strong Bayern Munich side. He also won the English league Cup which stands him out as one of the best goalkeeper to have played game.