Friday, October 27, 2006

Hunt collision still haunts Cech

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech says he still wakes up with severe headaches after the collision with Reading's Stephen Hunt which fractured his skull.

Cech, 24, said his last memory is changing ends before the game began, and he cannot recall the incident which happened 20 seconds into the game.

"You wake up and have a horrible headache, so you have to take your medication," he told the club website.

"I just try to live with that and every day it is going to get better."

Cech underwent surgery to have two plates inserted in his skull and still has a visible scar on the left side of his head.

He said he still found it hard thinking about the incident, which has left him facing a long-term lay-off.

"I've seen it on TV once but don't want to speak about this for the moment.

"The shake-hands is the last thing I remember because John Terry lost the toss and I had to run to the other side. That is the last thing."

Cech said he took great comfort from the public support he had received.

"I think it has been fantastic from everyone. It has been the players, the managers, the staff. It was everyone in Chelsea, including supporters," he said.

"I got so many cards and letters from people outside, not involved in Chelsea, and I want to thank them all for that."

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