Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Rosicky becomes the third Arsenal player released from international duty early due to a fitness-related issue, with Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey both picking up knocks over the past week.
This is a blow to the Gunners ahead of Saturday’s EPL clash with Liverpool. It is reported that Rosicky picked up heavy cold in the game against Latvia but played the game to earn his 100th international cap.
Czech coach Pavel Vrba has decided not to risk him for Tuesday’s friendly against Slovakia so Rosicky has been sent back to North London to recover.
In an interview with Czech TV, national team coordinator Dusan Fitzel confirmed that Rosicky and Chelsea’s Petr Cech will be among four players who will miss tomorrow’s game:
“We did so by prior arrangement and took into account the health status of some players.
“The coach, Pavel Vrba, moreover, was notified in advance and will give an opportunity against the Slovak Republic to players who, in the past, have not had adequate representation.”
Rosicky might still make the Liverpool game if his cold does not graduate into something more serious.