Petr Cech fears Fabrice Muamba might have died at White Hart Lane had the goalkeeper's own life-threatening injury not sparked a revolution in medical attention for stricken players.
The level of care Bolton midfielder Muamba received when he suffered a cardiac arrest during Saturday's FA Cup match at Tottenham owed much to the reaction to the fractured skull suffered by Chelsea goalkeeper Cech five-and-a-half years ago.
Cech said: "People saw me crawling off the pitch and it took so much time before I was carried off on a stretcher. People couldn't get me out of the dressing room. Imagine if this had happened to Fabrice back then. By the time anyone could have got to him, he might not have had any chance."
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