Chelsea 'keeper reveals how broken leg shaped his career

Petr Cech might have been an outfield player were it not for a broken leg when he was 10.

Petr Cech finds himself in the unusual position at the moment of sitting on the bench for Chelsea. The Czech goalkeeper has been the number one for several seasons at Stamford Bridge - but currently finds himself playing second fiddle to the excellent younger model Thibaut Courtois.

But Cech remains a popular figure at Stamford Bridge, and the club caught up with him this week to ask him some questions about his early days.

Now everybody knows about Per Cech's most well known injury. Whilst playing against Reading for Chelsea back in 2006 he was involved in a collision with Reading winger Stephen Hunt - leaving him with a depressed skull fracture that could have taken his life.

Cech has worn a protective head-guard ever since the incident in 2006, with his style of play even altering since the collision.

But it is not this injury that has had the biggest impact on his playing career. Because were it not for a broken leg Cech may have ended up playing as an outfield player, rather than a goalkeeper.

He revealed that it was a serious injury which finally helped him make the decision over where to play his professional football:

"I started as a central midfielder or a left winger. When I was eight or nine we had a game where none of our goalkeepers arrived. Because I used to play in goal in ice hockey I was always attracted to try it. I said ‘okay, just this once I will go in goal.

"After that I started playing in goal and outfield, but when I was 10 I was playing outfield and broke my leg. By the time I recovered from that I couldn’t play 90 minutes outfield without pain so that made the decision easy!"

Who knows? Cech might have gone on to become a wonderful central midfielder. But surely that broken leg has proven to be a blessing in disguise.

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