Groin problem for Rosicky
Midfielder pulled out of Czech Republic clash with injury
By Vasek Kadlec. Last Updated: October 12, 2011 12:16pm
Tomas Rosicky: Pleased the Czech Republic finished second but is now a fitness worry for Arsenal
Tomas Rosicky could be doubtful for Arsenal's Premier League match with Sunderland this weekend after playing no part for the Czech Republic against Lithuania on Tuesday.
The midfielder had been included in the provisional starting XI for the crucial Euro 2012 qualifier but had to pull out 20 minutes prior to kick-off due to a groin injury.
He was not even fit enough to be named among the substitutes and had to watch on nervously as the Czech Republic ran out 4-1 winners.
"I have had problems with my groin and until the last possible moment I was trying to see if there was any chance I might be able to play," Rosicky told isport.blesk.cz.
"There was the first option of me being on the pitch and the second one was that I would be on the bench and come on only if we are in trouble.
"In the end the pre-match warm-up told me it was not possible for me to play. There was some hope but it was getting worse and worse and in such case I would be of no use on the pitch."
The extent of the injury will now be assessed when he returns to London ahead of Arsenal's match at home to Sunderland on Sunday.
Rosicky is nevertheless in high spirits after victory for the Czechs, coupled with Scotland's defeat to Spain, clinched a spot in the play-offs for Euro 2012.
The Czech Republic have been seeded for November's two-legged tie and will face either Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro or Estonia, but Rosicky knows there is still a lot of hard work to do.
"I am very happy that the lads did the job well, but it's too early to be proud of anything," he said.
"We have just done our duty but it's a good feeling to have finished second because often we had to work in an almost venomous atmosphere (from the Czech press and fans).
"We know this is just the first step and the more difficult one awaits us in the play-offs."