Czech national football team coach Jaroslav Šilhavý had to make four forced changes to the nomination for the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches with Wales and Belarus. Defender Vladimír Coufal and three Slavists – bek Jan Bořil and midfielders Lukáš Masopust and Petr Ševčík were eliminated for health reasons. They will be replaced by quarterbacks Tomáš Wiesner with Milan Havel and midfielders Jaromír Zmrhal with Jan Kopic.
West Ham’s Coufal, who is a mainstay of the national team, struggled with health last week. He missed Thursday’s European League game because of it, he didn’t miss the weekend’s Premier League duel, but in the end he won’t help the national team. The Slavia trio played in the league derby in Sparta on Sunday, after which they are again among the injured. Bořil, Masopust and Ševčík also missed the national team due to health issues during the September schedule.
The Slavic captain Bořil is the most seriously injured. “He still has a knee problem which will probably need to be resolved with surgery followed by a longer break. Lukáš Masopust has a calf muscle problem, Petr Ševčík has ankle problems,” Slavia said on Twitter .
Even before the October nomination, another base-roster, winger Jakub Jankto, dropped out due to injury. “The line-up is spinning, it’s probably clear now. It won’t be easy. We were used to a few basic eleven, we were kind of in the air. Someone else will have to come back and try good. integrate with us, ”Czech striker Patrik Schick said in an online interview.
“Nothing can be done. It’s a complication, it sure won’t help us. Wales won’t have (Captain Gareth) Bale anymore, he doesn’t play cards for them either. I believe that even without the boys who made up the base eleven, we can do it. But it will still be a little more difficult, “added Schick.
Of the four more called, all already have a representative experience. Pilsen’s winger Kopic returns to the national team after less than a year, his team-mate Havel as well as Spartan full-back Wiesner and midfielder Zmrhal from Slovan Bratislava were part of the squad when they last met in September. “The four newly-called players will be involved in the preparations for the two qualifying matches today,” National team spokesman Petr Šedivý said in a media recording.
The representatives met in Prague on Monday, when Slavia striker Jan Kuchta joined the squad as a newcomer. Twenty-three players will prepare for Friday’s game against Wales in Eden, Prague, in the coming days. Three days later, the charges of coach Šilhavý will start an away game against Belarus. Due to European Union sanctions and the ban on flights to Belarus, the duel will take place on neutral ground in Kazan.
The national team are in qualifying group E after five of eight matches with seven points in second place, third Wales have the same points and matches for good. Undefeated Belgium goes straight ahead, the playoffs await the teams in second place. He will present the two other best winners of the Nations League groups, who will not pass the qualification. The Czechs are almost certain that they will end up occupying one of these two places.
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