The goalkeeper is well known for his headgear…
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has claimed that if he hadn’t been wearing his skullcap then he and Kurt Zouma could have both suffered serious head injuries when they clashed, reports the Telegraph.
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The pair collided during the Blues’ 3-1 victory over Derby County in the League Cup quarter finals. The defender had to have lengthy treatment and be substituted after the incident.
It had been feared that he had a serious injury, but the 20-year-old was fine after the match according to manager Jose Mourinho.
The goalie has worn the protective headgear since suffering a serious head injury against Reading in 2006. The 32-year-old was forced to have metal plates attached to his skull after the clash.
He spoke after the victory, saying, “I think we clashed with heads. I had a huge hit on my right side and, obviously, when I got the ball away I was looking where the ball goes and it was a punch so I was happy with that.
“But then I saw him lying on the floor,” he continued. “I was a bit concerned because we collided with a heavy clash. I think it was lucky he hit my helmet because the impact would have been much bigger. I think the helmet saved him, me as well. Because he hit most of the helmet and took away a little bit of the impact.
“He’s fine, the medical staff did really well to assess the situation. In this kind of clash you never know. He did not look so good to continue. Obviously, it was the right choice. Now he is all clear, hopefully. He is sitting there happy we won the game,” he added.
The fact that Zouma did not come off any worse will be good news for fans of the Stamford Bridge outfit, who will want all hands on deck to make sure they stay top of the league going in to the festive period.