The Czech Republic national team manager Michal Bilek has confirmed that the Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky will not be part of the friendly against Ukraine. The Czech Republic will be playing against Ukraine in a friendly match on Wednesday. Ahead of this match, the manager Michal Bilek has given out his 19 man squad that will be facing Ukraine. One of the high profile players missing from this match is the Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky. The manager has confirmed that the 31-year-old has not recovered from the Achilles tendon injury suffered during the group stages of the Euro 2012.
Tomas Rosicky is widely known to be one of the best players for the Czech Republic national team during the past decade. However, he has suffered a lot of injury problems during his stellar career. His latest injury came in the form of the Achilles tendon problem that made him unavailable for the quarter-final match in the Euro 2012. The Czech Republic were ultimately knockout of the tournament from the quarter-final stage after they lost to Portugal. Speaking ahead of the match with Ukraine, Michal Bilek confirmed that Tomas Rosicky will not be playing any part in this match.
“Tomas is not in a good shape. We’ll be glad if he joins us after the Denmark game,” said the Czech Republic national team manager. There have been suggestions that the 31-year-old will finally announce retirement from the international scene in order to concentrate on his club career. He is almost certain to miss the match against Denmark that will take place on September. This is extremely crucial match for the Czech Republic because it will decide the outcome of the first World Cup qualifiers. Czech Republic will be hoping to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup that will take place in Brazil.