Arsenal goal keeper Petr Cech is contemplating to remove his protective helmet but he has not been allowed to do so by the team doctors at Emirates. Cech confessed of facing confusion because of the obstructed hearing in the helmet. Cech suffered a skull fracture back in 2006 while playing for Chelsea and since that point, the helmet has become a constant presence for Cech.
The 33-year old keeper was speaking with the Czech Republic media after the 4-1 win over Serbia, where he explained the difficulties he has been facing by wearing the helmet. Cech even confirmed that despite the problems, he is very fortunate as he has faced concussions on two separate occasions even with the helmet on. He could only imagine, what would have been the outcome, had the helmet not been there.
Speaking with Czech media outlet Tyden, he said: “I would be more confident if I had it off. Whether you like it or not, with the helmet surroundings are perceived differently. You have your ears covered, worse hearing. The doctor forbade me to take off the helmet, and if I did, I would not have insurance (laughs). So I don’t really think about. On the other hand, in the time I’ve worn a helmet, I’ve twice had a concussion. I do not want to think what would have happened to me without it.”
Cech went on to confirm the utter confusion he faced during the match against Liverpool, where he was totally confused by the noises he was hearing in the game. Cech mentioned how he had to rely on his gut instinct to make the right call. Perhaps as fans, we do not value the kind of hard work Cech has put through to remain one of the best keepers in world football despite playing with the helmet for last 9 years.
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