The Arsenal goalkeeper was heavily involved in the midfielder’s rehabilitation before his retirement

Petr Cech really is one of football’s good guys.

The Arsenal goalkeeper has been through a lot during his career, namely the fractured skull he suffered against Reading in 2006 that nearly killed him.

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Cech has worn a skull cap for over a decade

But Cech has used that ordeal to help others, particularly Ryan Mason.

Mason suffered a similarly horrible injury, colliding with Gary Cahill during Hull’s Premier League encounter with Chelsea just over a year ago.

This incident ultimately ended Mason’s career

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This incident ultimately ended Mason’s career

The Tigers’ midfielder had been working towards a comeback but after medical advice decided to hang up his boots for good on Tuesday.

Mason, in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT last year, was quick to acknowledge the help and support he received from Cech during his rehabilitation.

He said: “I can’t speak highly enough of him.

“Straight away, he contact my family, my fiance and just sort of reassured us that what we were going through was sort of normal and to be expected: not being able to talk, struggling with the light and everything like that.

“He’s been fantastic. He’s kind of set the standard…

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