Round-up: Zouma ‘saved’ by headgear, QPR youngster’s deal, Quins signing

Petr Cech of Chelsea
Cech collided with his team-mate

Petr Cech believes his protective headgear saved him and Chelsea team-mate Kurt Zouma from serious injury during the Capital One Cup win at Derby.

Zouma was stretchered off after the pair collided but has been given the all-clear – and goalkeeper Cech thinks the helmet he wears made all the difference when they clashed heads.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho praised the players for their display against the Rams, saying it showed that a winning mentality is in the team’s DNA.

Chelsea were also praised by Derby manager Steve McClaren.

We rated Cesc Fabregas as our man of the match. Click here for our player ratings from Tuesday’s game.

Meanwhile, QPR youngster Reece Grego-Cox has signed his first professional contract at Loftus Road.

Williams scored for Fulham's U-21s
Williams scored for Fulham’s U-21s

George Williams scored and Patrick Roberts, Chris David and Moussa Dembele all got 90 minutes as Fulham’s youngsters were beaten 2-1 by Athletic Bilbao in the Premier League International Cup on Wednesday.

And forward Matt Smith, on loan at Bristol City, has spoken of his frustration at his lack of first-team opportunities following his move from Leeds United.

In rugby union, Harlequins have agreed to sign former Australia captain James Horwill after next year’s World Cup.

And in cricket, Lord’s will be the venue for the final of both the 2019 Cricket World Cup and the 2017 Women’s World Cup.

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