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Chelsea Keeper in Near-Fatal Injury

Chelsea's goalkeeper Petr Cech nearly lost his life over the weekend after being rammed in the head by the knee of Reading's Stephen Hunt in the opening minutes of their English Premier League encounter. The diagnosis for Cech's return is six months at leastif he ever fully recovers from a depressed skull fracture, doctors' say. Late in the game, backup Carlo Cudicini was knocked flat on his back after going up for a high cross. He was taken out with a concussion, as England captain John Terry stepped in to play goalie in the final moments of Chelsea's 1-0 win at the Madejski Stadium. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who said Cech nearly lost his life in the collision with Hunt, will likely have to turn to reserve keeper Hilario to lead Chelsea's back line against Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday. Although Cudicini was able to visit Chelsea's training ground on Monday, Cech is still at a hospital in Oxford, after having surgery to replace the fracture. Peter Hamlyn, a consultant neurosurgeon and a specialist in sports and exercise medicine at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London, said Cech risked a fatal injury if he were rushed back to action too soon. "He risks what is known as second impact syndrome," the doctor said. "This happens when a second blow causes swelling to the brain before it has recovered fully from an earlier injury. It is a situation that could prove fatal, even if the first blow is deemed not to be serious." Mourinho, meanwhile, was furious with Hunt's challenge on Cech, for which he wasn't even given a yellow card, and is seeking further action against the Reading player.

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