In 2006, Cech suffered a horrible head injury in a match vs. Reading. Just 15 seconds into the match, Cech collided with Stephen Hunt. Hunt’s knee ended up fracturing the Chelsea keeper’s skull.
Petr Cech almost died as a result of this injury. The compression fracture lodged several pieces of bone deep into Cech’s brain. The keeper had his life saved by emergency brain surgery.
Cech had a metal implant placed to provide structural stability to his skull. The medical staff warned Cech that another injury like this could be fatal, and recommended the use of a helmet to prevent future injury.
This injury led the Premier League to implement several policy changes, including a requirement for an ambulance to be on standby for all league matches.
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