Tomas Rosicky injured

Tomas Rosicky doubtful vs. Poland

Associated Press

WROCLAW, Poland -- The Czech Republic's much needed 2-1 victory Tuesday over Greece at the European Championship came at a cost: captain Tomas Rosicky injured his Achilles tendon and is doubtful for its final Group A game Saturday against Poland...

Rosicky had to be substituted at halftime, having gestured to his teammates in the last minutes before the break not to send him any passes.

The playmaker said he was kicked during the first half and felt pain after he made a sharp turn.

"I have a problem with my Achilles tendon and have no idea what to expect next, I'm afraid," Rosicky said. "From about the 20th minute on, I could barely walk."

A key player for his team, the midfielder's creative skills were instrumental in its 2-0 lead at halftime. He was replaced by Daniel Kolar for the second half.

"We played great the first half and deserved to go 2-0 up," Rosicky said. "We started actively, exactly how we wanted to and were rewarded by the goals."

Without him, Greece pulled a goal back through substitute Fanis Gekas after a rare mistake by goalkeeper Petr Cech, who failed to hold on to an easy ball and bumped into defender Tomas Sivok.

The Greeks piled on the pressure but the Czech defense, unlike in its opening 4-1 defeat by Russia, held firm.

"I didn't see the second half," said Rosicky, who was treated by a team physiotherapist. "It's a great joy we won but it is spoiled by the injury."

Rosicky missed Euro 2008 because of an injury, and the Czechs collapsed in their final group match against Turkey, exiting the tournament.

"(Rosicky's) substitution was a problem for us," coach Michal Bilek said. "The last 30 minutes were hard to survive."

Rosicky had injured a calf muscle May 13 in Arsenal's last Premier League match, and only recovered last week.

"We pray for him to recover," central defender Tomas Sivok said.


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