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Cech conscious after op

17 Oct 2006 - 08:19:41

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is fully conscious after having surgery on the depressed fracture of the skull he suffered in the opening moments of Saturday's 1-0 victory at Reading.

Meanwhile, Carlo Cudicini hopes to be available for selection this weekend after making a good recovery from the head injury he suffered in the closing stages of the same game.

A statement on Chelsea's official website read: "We are pleased to confirm that Petr Cech's condition is improving.

"He is now fully conscious following the operation and the effects of the anaesthetic."

An upbeat Cudicini said: "I have just a little bit of a headache but apart from that I'm okay.

"Everything is fine and the scan is okay so it is just a matter of letting two or three days pass and then to start again doing my usual work.

"Now for a couple of days I am doing some tests with the doctors and keeping an eye on the situation. Hopefully on Wednesday I begin again to train and hopefully for Saturday I will be okay.

"I have been a bit lucky, looking what has happened to Petr. It is quite awful what has happened to him and I wish him to recover as soon as he can.

"It is quite strange what happened to two goalkeepers in one game. It is probably something that is going to be written in the record books."


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