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‘Improved medical practices gave Muamba chance to survive’ – Cech

The White Hart Lane medics were applauded for their timely action in treating the midfielder and the Chelsea goalkeeper has praised the progress made since he fractured his skull



The Bolton midfielder has begun to show small signs of improvement since the incident on Saturday in the FA Cup tie at Tottenham and Muamba’s heart is now beating without the aid of medication.

Cech, who fractured his skull playing against Reading in 2006, was forced to wait for an ambulance as medics saw to his injury on the side of the pitch and the handling of the situation was criticised and duly became a point of controversy.

After the shot-stopper’s ordeal, the outcry saw standards of medical preparation vastly improved after the Premier League set up a review into its practices at every game and Cech believes it is these implementations that have given the 23-year-old hope of fighting for his life.

The Chelsea man told reporters: “You don’t say you’re glad, but after what happened at Reading with me, imagine if that had happened with Fabrice.

“By the time somebody managed to get him out he might have no chance.

“You saw me crawling off the pitch, then it took so much time before I was carried on the stretcher, people couldn’t get me out of the dressing-room.

“At least I was glad to see that since then the medical issues and the structure has changed for the better. He still has a chance to survive because of all the equipment around the pitch.

“It’s a great change because sometimes it takes only a few seconds to change a whole life and a whole career.”

Cech made a full recovery and spent just three months out of the game, with the head guard that he now wears in every match a constant reminder of how lucky the Czech Republic ‘keeper was. But almost six years on, the man signed from French club Rennes admitted Muamba’s incident brought the memories flowing back.

“It [Muamba incident] was difficult to watch,” said Cech.

“You feel for the family, the people who are close to him and for the people and players who were on the pitch.

“At the time I got injured nobody really knew how serious it was at first. But you could see straight away how serious that was on Saturday.

“At the moment football is the last thing. From the start, when I woke up after the operation or a few days later, the football was the last thing I was thinking about.

“You want to try to recover your life in a normal way. Then when you know you have a chance you can think further. Hopefully he can make the first step. You need to do that.”

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