Hunt hoping for 'private chat' with Cech

November 25, 2006

Reading striker Stephen Hunt is hoping to meet Petr Cech when the Royals visit Chelsea in the Premiership on Boxing Day.

The clubs meet over the festive period for the first time since the controversial clash between the two at the Madejski Stadium last month when goalkeeper Cech suffered a fractured skull following a collision with Hunt in the first minute of the Blues' 1-0 victory.

A furore ensued in the days after the game with death threats and hate mail as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho accused Hunt of deliberately hurting Cech - although the Football Association did not issue any charges.

Now Hunt is hoping to speak to Cech, who is unlikely to play again this season.

Hunt told The Times: 'If I see him face to face obviously I'll talk to him.

'But if there are people around, I won't.

'There's a time and a place for everything and I'd prefer to do it in private.

'I'd like to talk to him about what happened and tell him why I didn't go to see him in hospital.

'Hopefully I'll see him on Boxing Day.'

The 25-year-old also insists there was no intent in the challenge and was stunned by the seriousness of the situation, saying: 'It was a freak accident.'

He also revealed he had briefly considered legal action against Mourinho but decided against it.

The Irishman added: 'It if was a distraction to Reading Football Club, it wouldn't have been beneficial to anyone.'