Tomas Rosicky is a serious doubt for the Czech Republic’s Euro 2012 quarter final against Portugal tomorrow evening.
While most Arsenal fans would want a team with Ronaldo, Nani and Pepe to get beaten out of all existence anyway, having Rosicky in the team would have made it all the more interesting.
However, it looks as if the Achilles problem he’s been struggling with will keep him out of the starting line-up with his participation as a sub more likely but still doubtful.
“Will he be able to play from the start? I don’t think so,” said Czech manager and former Liverpool player Vladimir Smicer. “He hasn’t trained for eight days, only doing some work on a bike.
“In order for him to play in such a tough match, he should at the very least have had three full training sessions in order to be 100% ready.”
Rosicky himself revealed the seriousness of his injury when he admitted he couldn’t even stand properly, and while it’d be nice to see him take part, you do have to worry about whether or not his participation would impact on the start of next season from an Arsenal point of view.
Achilles injuries are notoriously slow to heal and playing through pain may aggravate it to the point where it needs long rest to recover. Although if he smashed a ball straight into Ronaldo’s face, bursting his nose all over the place, then spent 3 months out I think I’d take that.