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Czech Republic to miss defender Grygera in Euro 2008 qualifiers, Rosicky's back

Czech Republic to miss defender Grygera in Euro 2008 qualifiers, Rosicky's back

The Czech Republic will have to do without regular defender Zdenek Grygera in next month's European Championship qualifiers against San Marino and Ireland.
Grygera, who recently joined Juventus from Ajax, hurt his left thigh in a 1-1 draw at Austria in a friendly on Aug. 22 and will not be ready in time for the matches at San Marino on Sept. 8 and four days later against Ireland in Prague.
Czech Republic coach Karel Bruckner, who said Thursday he "was not satisfied" with his defensive line's performance against Austria, called up Sparta Prague right back Zdenek Pospech for his third international game.
AC Milan defender Marek Jankulovski, who was left out of the squad for the friendly against Austria due to his late start with training this season, was ready to play the qualifiers, Bruckner said.
Also, Arsenal midfielder captain Tomas Rosicky has recovered from a knee injury and will be available after a one-game absence in Austria.
"A difficult and tough game against Ireland is ahead of us," Bruckner said.
In his 20-man selection, Bruckner also named Slavia Prague striker Stanislav Vlcek, whose two goals against Ajax on Wednesday helped his team reach the group stage of the Champions League for the first time.
The Czech Republic is second in Group D with 14 points, five behind Germany and just one ahead of Ireland. Slovakia is fourth with nine points.
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Squad:
Goalkeepers: Petr Cech (Chelsea), Jaromir Blazek (FC Nuremberg), Martin Vaniak (Slavia Prague)
Defenders: Marek Jankulovski (AC Milan), Radoslav Kovac (Spartak Moscow), Zdenek Pospech (Sparta Prague), David Rozehnal (Newcastle), Tomas Ujfalusi (Fiorentina), Tomas Zapotocny (Udinese)
Midfielders: Tomas Galasek (FC Nuremberg), David Jarolim (Hamburger SV), Jaroslav Plasil (Osasuna), Jan Polak (Anderlecht), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal), Tomas Sivok (Udinese)
Forwards: Milan Baros (Lyon), Martin Fenin (Teplice), Jan Koller (Monaco), Marek Kulic (Sparta Prague), Stanislav Vlcek (Slavia Prague)


Updated : 2021-01-19 11:12 GMT+08:00