Petr Cech, the goalkeeper who suffered a horrific head injury during a match three months ago, is confident he will be unaffected by memories of the incident when he returns to action for Chelsea.
Cech, 24, could be back in goal when the champions take on Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday and the Czech Republic international said he was hoping manager Jose Mourinho would pick him for a match that could be crucial to Chelsea's chances of a third consecutive Premiership title.
"I have never felt as strong, physically and mentally, as I do now," said Cech, who has been told he will initially have to wear a protective helmet when he resumes playing.
"I played my first game in training last Tuesday," he added in an interview with The Sun newspaper. "I didn't think about my injury at all. I dived in at the strikers' feet, and it was no problem.
"I know I am not risking my life by playing again, and that is the main thing. I must not think too much - other people are more afraid than I am."
Cech suffered the injury in a collision with Reading's Stephen Hunt during a Premiership match in October. As the goalkeeper dived at Hunt's feet to gather the ball, the Irish midfielder's knee connected with his skull.
The Czech star underwent surgery later that day which involved the insertion of two metal plates in his skull.
He subsequently revealed that he could not remember anything about the collision and he told The Sun that he could not be sure about whether Hunt had done everything he could to avoid contact after being beaten to the ball.
"I don't know if he did it on purpose - and I am not interested in knowing," Cech said, while adding that he had been disappointed that Hunt had not contacted him directly.
"I was disappointed to see Stephen Hunt talked a lot about me in the press, while he never called me. That wasn't so difficult to do," he said.