Romania striker Marica taken to hospital

June 10, 2008

ST GALLEN, Switzerland, June 10 (Reuters) - Striker Ciprian Marica hopes to return to training in time for Romania's Euro 2008 match with Italy despite being rushed to hospital with a head injury on Tuesday, a team spokesman said.

'He underwent some tests at the hospital and has been told to take a break for about two days,' Paul Zaharia told Reuters.

When asked if Marica would be fit for selection for the Group C game against the Italians he said: 'Today is one day, tomorrow is another, the match is on Friday, so hopefully. But we will have to see how the injury heals or develops.'

Marica clashed heads with fellow striker Marius Niculae after climbing for the ball in a five-a-side match during a light workout at the St Gallen Arena.

He was on the ground receiving treatment for around 15 minutes before being taken to hospital.

Marica, who did not feature in Romania's 0-0 draw with France in their Euro 2008 opener on Monday, scored five goals in qualifying, and is one of four forwards in the 23-man squad.

Romania face Italy in Group C on Friday before meeting Netherlands four days later.