Petr Cech has admitted he would rather not wear the protective helmet he has needed for the last nine years as it sometimes leaves him feeling “completely lost”.
Cech has had to wear a helmet since sustaining a serious head injury as a result of a challenge from Reading’s Stephen Hunt back in 2006 while playing for Chelsea.
Discussing the headwear with media in his native Czech Republic, Cech admits he would rather not wear the helmet, and that there are times, such as this season’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool, where it leaves him feeling “completely lost” as it distorts his hearing.
“I would be more confident if I had it off,” the Arsenal keeper told Tyden. “Whether you like it or not, with the helmet surroundings are perceived differently. You have your ears covered which results in worse hearing.
“The doctor forbade me to take off the helmet, and if I did, I would not have insurance! So I don’t really think about it.
“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.”