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Kurt Zouma stretchered off following collision with Petr Cech

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Concerning scenes as Kurt Zouma had to be stretchered off in the final minutes of the first half between Derby County and Chelsea.  The big man was left in a crumpled heap following a Derby corner, which was punched out by Cech.  However, in the process of clearing the ball, there was a clash of heads between defender and goalkeeper.  Cech was protected by his own headgear, Zouma was not.

After receiving treatment for about five minutes, Zouma was put on a spine board and lifted onto the stretcher.  Which took its sweet time arriving onto the pitch, leading to more surreal scenes as Cesc Fabregas and Cesar Azpilicueta ran out to meet them and hurry them along.

After concussion scares for Thibaut Courtois and Gary Cahill earlier this season, Zouma's injury already looked far more concerning.  Cross your fingers and toes and anything else you can and hope that it's nothing serious.  Stay strong, Kurt!

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