23 Sep 2011

Cech shows no ill-effects after collision in football's league cup

6:32 am on 23 September 2011

The Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been given the all-clear to resume playing after being taken to hospital with a head injury suffered during Wednesday's football League Cup penalty shootout win over Fulham

The 29-year-old Czech Republic international, who now plays in protective headgear after fracturing his skull in a football collision five years ago, was forced off at halftime after a knock with Fulham debutant Orlando Sa.

Chelsea were already without injured number two Hilario, meaning losing Cech left them with third choice Ross Turnbull as their only other recognised first-team goalkeeper.

Turnbull had to face a penalty just after coming on but his goal survived intact as Fulham's Pajtim Kasami fired his spotkick against the bar.

After their 4-3 penalty shootout win following a nil-all draw, doctors gave Cech the all clear.