The 34-year-old suffered a serious head injury on October 14, 2006 and was unsure if he would ever play again.
“The doctors tried not to scare me too much and I never asked too much.
“But if you ask my wife, even now, she does not look too well. For her, the experience was a thousand times worse than it was for me.
“It was a very close call.”
“I had a depressed skull fracture for [Chelsea]. A few pieces of bone went in quite deep”
Arsenal keeper Petr Cech
Cech recalls the incident and has thanked Chelsea’s medical staff for acting swiftly during the incident which saw the keeper collect the ball at the feet of Stephen Hunt.
He added: “I lost consciousness, then I came round again. Some people, they did not like me too much because I was confused and sometimes when you’re confused you try to fight!
“The decisions of Bryan and the medical staff and the proximity of Oxford – that’s the combination that gave me a chance.
“I had a depressed skull fracture. A few pieces of bone went in quite deep, that was the biggest danger.
“The more they go in, the left side of the brain (where Cech was injured) is quite an important centre of movement. Anything could happen.”
And Cech is actually thankful the incident happened as paramedics are now on standby at all Premier League grounds and have saved lives.
“As human beings, we always need something to happen to improve,” explained Cech.
“Now the ambulance is always ready, the paramedics are always ready, people in the crowd can get help without risk.
“If you look at the Fabrice Muamba case, this is what helped save his life – the paramedics are there.
“If they have to come from the hospital, even one that’s close, he would not be here.”