Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has expressed his desire to play without his protective headgear but doctors have said a huge no to it.
Cech accepts the safety reasons given by the doctors but he said the protective headgear affects his hearing on the pitch.
He also accepts that there is nothing he can do about it due to insurance reasons.
He told Tyden: “I would be more confident if I had it off. If you like it or not, the helmet affects your surroundings.
“You have your ears covered and it makes hearing worse.
“But the doctor has forbidden me to take off the helmet. If I did, I would not pay insurance”.
Cech, 33, has worn protective headgear since 2006 after suffering a fractured skull during former club Chelsea’s trip to Reading.
Cech was ruled out of action for three months after then Royals winger Stephen Hunt collided with the goalkeeper in an attempt to win the ball.
Cech required emergency brain surgery and still wears his protective head guard nine years on from the incident.
He was rushed to the Royal Berkshire Hospital, where it was discovered he had a depressed skull fracture.