MANY DON’T KNOW THE REAL REASON WHY PETER CZECH WEARS A HELMET…THIS IS WHY. Petr Čech sustained a head injury in the match against Reading at the Madejski Stadium on 14 October 2006 when he collided with Reading midfielder Stephen Hunt inside Chelsea’s penalty area within the first minute of a Premier League match.

Hunt’s right knee hit Čech’s head, leaving the goalkeeper requiring treatment. Čech was taken off after several minutes and replaced by Carlo Cudicini, who himself was knocked unconscious later in the same game, forcing Chelsea captain John Terry to play goal for the match’s remaining minutes.

Čech underwent surgery for a depressed skull fracture.Initially unaware of the seriousness of the injury, the doctors later reported that it nearly cost Čech his life, and as a result of the collision, he suffered intense headaches.