UEFA Champions League Group D contenders FC Viktoria Plzeň have signed defender Roman Hubník from Hertha BSC Berlin.
The 29-year-old has agreed a 12-month deal with the Czech champions, making his first return to his native league since a 2009 loan spell at AC Sparta Praha. Former SK Sigma Olomouc and FK Moskva centre-back Hubník, capped 24 times by the Czech Republic, joins after recent injuries to defender Radim Řezník and Viktoria's five-goal top scorer in qualifying and joint-best overall, Marián Čišovský.
"There is a tight programme ahead of us in the coming days and weeks, so we decided to reinforce our central defence with an experienced defender who can start playing immediately," said Adolf Šádek, Plzeň general manager.
Hubník, whose arrival follows that of Sigma midfielder Martin Pospíšil, added: "My family and I have fallen in love with Germany, however the sporting challenge of the Champions League and the fight for the Czech title was too good to turn down. I know I will have to fight for my place as we have three central defenders of high quality, but I want to help the club. I am really looking forward to returning to the Czech Republic."
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