Czech football captain Tomáš Rosickýwill miss out on a Euro 2012 preparatory friendly against Israel amid ongoing worries about a calf muscle strain.
The Arsenal midfielder’s no-show for the friendly scheduled for Saturday in Austria was reported by the Czech daily Sport on Wednesday. An examination by the Czech team doctor after he joined the squad’s training camp brought bad news that the strain is slow to mend and Rosický will not be able to train for around a week.
“The muscle is pulled, there is some swelling and hematoma [locazlized collection of blood away from the blood vessels],” it quoted team doctor Petr Krejčí as saying. “The treatment is proceeding slowly.”
Rosický is regarded as a key player to give the Czech team some inspiration and midfield flair. His frequent injuries, including an almost 18-month lay-off due to a persistent muscle problem, causes heightened worries about even the most innocuous injuries sustained by the 31-year-old.
Czech manager Michal Bilek is due to name his squad for the European Championships being hosted by Poland and Ukraine next month on Tuesday. If Rosický looks doubtful, then Viktoria Plzeň’s Vladimír Darida will be added to the squad as a possible replacement meaning that one other player will be bumped off the list of 23 players named for the tournament.
Rosický’s fine form for Arsenal in the closing months of the season had sparked hopes that he might rediscover his best form for the European Championships where the Czechs are playing in the same opening group as Russia, Poland and Greece.