Pudil checks out, Skácel signs in
Midfielder Daniel Pudil has withdrawn from the Czech UEFA EURO 2008™ squad after breaking a bone in his hand, with Rudolf Skácel being called up in his place.
The newly-crowned Czech champions SK Slavia Praha will not have a single player in the squad for the finals after Pudil was forced out of contention with a broken fifth metacarpal bone in his right hand. Having won three caps and scored once for his country, the 22-year-old picked up the injury in Slavia's final league game against FK Jablonec 97 on Saturday.
Hertha BSC Berlin's Skácel has been the immediate beneficiary of Pudil's misfortune, and cancelled holiday plans to meet up with his international team-mates at their training camp in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria. The 27-year-old former Olympique de Marseille and Panathinaikos FC man has not played for his country since winning his third cap against Armenia in September 2005.
Coach Karel Brückner has also abandoned plans to bring Radek Šírl into his squad after the midfielder arrived from FC Zenit St. Petersburg carrying a knee injury which will require several weeks rest from football. The Czechs must name a final 23-man selection by the 28 May deadline, and meet Lithuania in their next friendly game the day beforehand.