By Lloyd Webb
Petr Cech says recovering from the fractured skull he suffered in 2006 was the biggest challenge of his career - but one he was determined to overcome.
The goalkeeper was at former club Chelsea when he collided with Reading’s Stephen Hunt, sustaining an injury that doctors described as life threatening.
Cech was out of action for three months, but says he never doubted that he would play again.
“There were a lot of people saying it was probably the end and that I would not play again,” he told Arsenal Player. “You get so many people telling you that you should take time, you should take the whole year off and build up slowly to get back.
It brought a lot of things back into perspective as wellPetr Cech
“I wanted to get back playing as this is what I enjoy the most and it was a challenge to prove to everyone that I don't need a whole year. It was a massive challenge for me because there were days when you just feel like it will never happen, it’s not going well, you don't feel well and you think, ‘Ok what am I going to do.’
"But then you had days where all the positive things came back and I was really happy with the way I did it. I enjoyed the rest of the season when I came back because it was kind of a bonus. Nobody expected me to play so I really enjoyed that because I played with less pressure as I was appreciating the fact that I was back.
"It brought a lot of things back into perspective as well. I know that I can do other things and I will probably be able to do different things. But you only discover that then, which is a positive because since then I’ve known that any day it can stop.
“You have to be ready for the plan B or plan C. It’s quite a learning experience."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source