Former Liverpool star, Milan Baros, could miss the Czech Republic’s opening Euro 2012 game, against Russia, on Friday, while Tomas Rosicky has given coach, Michal Bilek, a pre-tournament boost.
Baros, who has been with Turkish side Galatasaray for the last four years, and was the top scorer at Euro 2004, will have a scan on the thigh injury he picked up during training, with team doctor, Petr Krejci, confirming: “He has stretched his abductor muscle.”
Baros flattered to deceive during his time with Liverpool, scoring 19 times in 68 Premier League appearances for the Reds.
The Merseyside club’s front line has not improved a great deal since; the sport betting indicates that Liverpool could once again find themselves outside of the top five in the Premier League, at the culmination of the 2012/13 campaign.
He left Anfield in 2005 and, after spending two seasons with Aston Villa, during which time he managed to find the net just nine times in the league, moved to Lyon five years ago.
He returned to English football during a loan spell with Portsmouth, in 2008, but failed to score in 16 appearances for Pompey, before joining Galatasaray, later that year.
There has been some good news for the Czech camp, as Arsenal star, Rosicky, has recovered from the calf problem that ruled him out of the warm-up clashes with Israel and Hungary.
“Rosicky will play in the opening match”, confirmed a relieved Bilek. “I believe that he will boost the quality of our line-up. When he gets the ball, he is able to find space for a clever pass. He is decisive with the ball.”
Rosicky struggled during the first half of the Gunners’ 2011-12 campaign, but impressed in the last few months of the season, following Andrey Arshavin’s departure.
The Czechs take on Russia in the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw on Friday evening. The latter team are strong favourites to win the tie, according to the betting line on Bet365.