Hasek pleased with Rosicky

Czech coach welcomes midfielder return

Rosicky: Czech return

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Czech coach Ivan Hasek says he is pleased with Tomas Rosicky's return in the World Cup qualifier against San Marino.

Rosicky made his first competitive appearance after 20 months on the sidelines against the Group Three minnows on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old, who has been out of action since January 2008, has not played for Arsenal since becoming injured.

According to Hasek, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger appealed to the Czech coach not to over exert Rosicky.

Hasek happily accepted those terms and took him off the pitch before the hour mark after what he felt was a promising contribution towards an eventual 7-0 victory.


"I'm happy above all that Tomas could play, that he was ready for the game," he said.

"I had a deal with Wenger to keep Tomas on the pitch no longer than an hour."

Looking ahead to the Czechs' upcoming qualifiers against Poland and Northern Ireland in October, Hasek added: "I believe (Rosicky) will be ready to play the whole 90 minutes by that time."