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Last Updated: Friday, 19 January 2007, 07:47 GMT
Cech brushes off health risk fear
Petr Cech
Cech will play wearing a headguard
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech insists he is not putting his health in danger by returning to the game after suffering serious head injuries.

Cech, 24, suffered a fractured skull in a clash with Reading's Stephen Hunt but may be back at Liverpool wearing a headguard after resuming training.

He said: "I know I am not risking my life by playing again, and that is the main thing.

"I must not think too much - other people are more afraid than I am."

I don't know if he did it on purpose - and I am not interested in knowing

Chelsea's Petr Cech on Reading's Stephen Hunt

Cech added: "I have never felt as strong, physically and mentally, as I do now.

"I played my first game in training last Tuesday. I didn't think about my injury at all. I dived in at the strikers' feet, and it was no problem."

The Czech Republic keeper admitted he was disappointed Hunt had not spoken to him since their controversial collision in Chelsea's 1-0 win at Reading three months ago.

He said: "I was disappointed to see Stephen Hunt talked a lot about me in the press, while he never called me. That wasn't so difficult to do.

"He didn't write to me. In October, I had a letter of apology from Reading Football Club, with his signature on it - nothing more.

"I was disappointed, but I told myself it must be difficult for him also to live with it.

"I don't know if he did it on purpose - and I am not interested in knowing."

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19 Jan 07 |  Premiership


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