Petr Cech says his helmet 'saved' £12m Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma from serious injury

The Chelsea pair suffered a sickening clash of heads at the iPro Stadium.

Last night saw Chelsea make it to the League Cup semi-final thanks to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Derby County at the iPro Stadium.

Goals from Eden Hazard, Filipe Luis and Andre Schurrle assured victory, but it was not such a comfortable evening for French defender Kurt Zouma.

He was substituted on the stroke of half-time after a massive head collision with Petr Cech left him unconscious. Of course the Chelsea goalkeeper is no stranger to such incident. The Czech international suffered a depressed skull fracture in a game with Reading back in October 2006, an injury that nearly cost him his life.

He now wears a skullcap when playing for Chelsea for protection. He believes that this may have saved him and possibly Zouma from more serious injury yesterday:

"I think we clashed with heads. I had a huge hit on my right side. I was looking where the ball goes and it was a punch so I was happy with that.

"But then I saw him lying on the floor. I was a bit concerned because we collided with a heavy clash. It was lucky he hit my helmet because the impact would have been much bigger.

"I think the helmet saved him – me as well – because he hit most of the helmet and took away a little bit of the impact.

"He’s fine. The medical staff did really well to assess the situation. In this kind of clash you never know. He did not look so good to continue."

Whether the helmet helped or not is not known. But all that truly matters is that Zouma and Cech appear to have come out of the incident unscathed.

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