To say that the last two campaigns haven’t been kind to Petr Cech on the injury front is something of an understatement. There was the coming together with Reading’s Stephen Hunt last season, which threatened to end the Czech’s life, let alone his footballing career. Thankfully he made a full recovery from his fractured skull, although he still has to wear protective headgear when playing matches.
If this wasn’t bad enough, The Guardian have reported that the Chelsea keeper has had to have 50 stitches to mend his face after a training ground clash with Tal Ben Haim. It seems once again that the stopper has been too brave for his own good, incurring some pretty nasty lacerations to his lip and chin. This follows problems with his calf, hip, thigh and ankle which have kept him out for large chunks of the season.
“Petr has been a bit unlucky this season,” said a characteristically deadpan Grant. “He was great in training but sometimes it happens. It was a tackle between two players and I think he will be out for two weeks.”
As Homer Simpson once sang, “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all” and the same can be said for poor Petr Cech. Let’s hope one of the more likeable players in the Chelsea squad (and let’s face it, there aren’t that many) makes a full recovery and plays a part in the Blues’ finishing runner-up in the Premier League and being knocked out of the Champions League semi-final with Arsenal.