Petr Cech claims he’d rather play without the helmet he’s now so well known for, as despite being used to it after all this time, it still restricts him in a number of ways.
The former Chelsea man has been forced to wear the helmet ever since fracturing his skull back in 2006, when a collision with Reading’s Stephen Hunt prostrate on the ground.
He says that he’d much rather play without it, but that doctors insist he must continue to wear it for the sake of his own health.
“I would be more confident if I had it off,” Cech claims, as quoted by Eurosport.
“Whether you like it or not, the helmet affects your surroundings.
“You have your ears covered and it makes hearing worse. But the doctor has forbidden me to take it off. I wouldn’t get insurance!
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“Even with the helmet, I’ve been concussed twice. I don’t like to think about what might have happened if I’d not been wearing it.”
The Czech international claims he’s become accustomed to wearing the helmet now, but that was not always the case. When he was first forced to don his cap, he claims the effect left him completely lost and confused – not a trait you want in your goalkeeper.
“Spatially, I was suddenly completely lost,” he said.
“As people began to shout, everything resonated through the helmet. I was totally confused. But I’m used to it now.”
It’s hard to deny that Cech hasn’t quite been the same since his injury, and for quite a while he (understandably) didn’t seem as brave. He’s still one of the best keepers in the world though, so just imagine how good he’d be without the helmet.
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The 33-year-old has been excellent for us since his transfer last summer, and hat or no hat he’s now a massive part of our setup.