Soccer: Injured Jankulovski Not To Play Qualifier Against Armenia


Czech News Agency
September 5, 2005

PRAGUE, Sept 5 (CTK) – National soccer team-member Marek Jankulovski
will not play qualification match against Armenia in Olomouc, north
Moravia, on Wednesday, Czech national team spokesman Lukas Tucek
announced today.

The AC Milan defender who did not finish Saturday’s game against
Romania due to ankle pains has already left for Italy to receive
medical treatment, Tucek said, adding that doctors agreed Jankolovski’s
ankle needs to rest.

Jankulovski is the second player to leave national soccer team coach
Karel Brueckner’s starting lineup. Goalie Petr Cech already left for
London on Sunday.

Jankulovski broke his ankle in May but felt 100 percent fit at a
national team rendezvous. But when he kicked a ball with the tip of
his foot on Saturday the screws in his leg began to ache him and he
had himself replaced.

Though a medical check-up on Sunday proved the ankle did not break
again, national soccer team doctor Petr Krejci said Jankulovski’s
start in Wednesday’s match was not assured.

Health problems have also concerned Tomas Rosicky, who’s thigh muscle
insertion has been troubling him. On the other hand, national soccer
team captain Tomas Galasek should train again fully today. Coach
Brueckner did not decided yet whether to call up a substitute player.

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