Cech has opened up on how he suffered two broken shoulders during his first two years at Chelsea but played through the pain to win the Premier League on both occasions. The Czech Republic stopper also suffered a life-threatening skull fracture in 2006, but recovered and went on to win a total of 13 major trophies with the Blues.
"There was one thing I never talked about, and people didn't know at the time," Cech revealed to the official Chelsea website.
“Halfway through my first season at Chelsea I broke the labrum in my shoulder. I carried on and finished the season.
“It felt like during the summer it would recover. It didn't! During the second season I already had a massive problem with my shoulder and I was protecting it. Then, in the first part of my second season, I did exactly the same thing to my other shoulder. So I played my second season with broken shoulders!
“I was trying to get the pain low for the games and find ways to train properly so I didn't feel the unbelievable pain every day, which was difficult to avoid.
“I thought about having surgery during the second season, but I didn't want to risk missing the World Cup in Germany that summer. Nobody really knew how long it would take me to come back.
"To my relief I decided to have the surgery after the World Cup. I came back fast from that and I was enjoying games and not having pain while training and moving. A few games later, we played Reading!"
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