Rosicky boost for Czechs
Midfielder expected to be ready for Russia opener
By Vasek Kadlec. Last Updated: June 4, 2012 3:11pm
Tomas Rosicky: Has been nursing a calf complaint
Tomas Rosicky has made a timely return to training and is expected to figure in the Czech Republic's Euro 2012 opener against Russia.
The Arsenal midfielder's fitness has been a cause for concern ahead of the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.
He was left out of two friendly dates against Israel and Hungary, with coach Michal Bilek reluctant to risk aggravating a niggling calf complaint.
Rosicky has, however, been able to train at the Czech Republic's training base in Wroclaw and appears to be back in contention for a starting berth.
"His health is alright. I think he will be playing on Friday (against Russia)," said Bilek.
"He is a great personality and every other player in our team knows we are much, much stronger with him.
"It may have been his first full training session in some time, but he has been preparing with us all the time. He is feeling good.
"In the Premier League he played a lot of games, so the enforced break did not take away his fitness or form. I am not afraid of that."
Rosicky has refused to comment on his own fitness, saying just: "It is not important to speak, it is important to play."
The 31-year-old picked up a calf problem during Arsenal's final Premier League match of the season against West Brom.
Czech team doctor Petr Krejci is confident that Rosicky will be ready for Euro duty after watching him in action on Monday.
He said: "He did well and I think it will be okay. Nobody is admitting to the possibility that he may not be ready for Russia."