Cech desperate to ditch his helmet and Delph Doubtful for France Friendly

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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has given a lengthy interview in his native Czech Republic, and revealed that he’s sick of wearing the helmet that he’s famous for.

Cech has worn the protective headgear for almost a decade, starting after he fractured his skull in a Chelsea v Reading match in 2006.

Speaking to Tyden – in an interview recounted in English by the Evening Standard – the former Blues keeper says he’s sick of wearing it, but has no choice.
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“I would be more confident if I had it off,” he admitted. “Whether you like it or not, the helmet affects your surroundings.

“You have your ears covered and it makes hearing worse. But the doctor has forbidden me to take it off. I wouldn’t get insurance!”

Cech added that when he first wore it Chelsea were playing against Liverpool, and the distortion of the huge crowd noise was little short of terrifying.

“Spatially, I was suddenly completely lost,” he said.

“As people began to shout, everything resonated through the helmet. I was totally confused. But I’m used to it now.”

On top of that, the 33-year-old says he has had cause to be thankful for it.

“Even with the helmet, I’ve been concussed twice,” he added. “I don’t like to think about what might have happened if I’d not been wearing it.”

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Fabian Delph misses England training as Roy Hodgson’s crippling injury list worsens

11:55, 16 Nov 2015
Updated 12:04, 16 Nov 2015
By John Cross

Delph played in the friendly with Spain on Friday but sat out on Monday and is now unlikely to feature against France tomorrow night

Fabian Delph was today the latest player to be struck down by the England injury curse.

Manchester City midfielder Delph, who has just returned from a hamstring injury, sat out training this morning.

Delph played in the friendly with Spain on Friday but is now unlikely to feature against France tomorrow night.

It takes the injury list to a staggering 17 regular squad members who have been struck down.

Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard has already been called up and Spurs kids Harry Winks and Shayon Harrison made up the numbers at the Tottenham training ground this morning.

John Doe

John Doe is a senior editor at DW Focus, where he has covered international conflicts in the Middle East, Asia, and the Balkans since 1997. A native of South Africa, he now resides with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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