Another injury blow for the Czech Republic; Bursaspor defender Tomáš Sivok will miss the upcoming qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Latvia having suffered a recurrence of a rib injury. "I'm really sorry for it, but I'm not in a state in which I would be able to help," Sivok said.
Coach Pavel Vrba has replaced Sivok with Sparta Praha defender Mario Holek, who won the last of his eight caps in March's friendly against Slovakia.
Pressing and no fouls – that's the suggestion from daily newspaper Sport to the Czech Republic's players to overcome Thursday's opponent Kazakhstan.
Coach Verner Lička warned the visitors will be a different prospect to the team Pavel Vrba's charges defeated 4-2 away in October 2014. "They have changed their tactical lineup and style, swapping a 5-3-2 system for a 5-4-1; the players must not rely on what they saw in Astana," said Lička, who also suggested that high pressing without fouls may help create opportunities to attack an unprepared defence.
The paper also includes a message from the injured captain Tomáš Rosický, who is recovering after knee surgery and may miss the last two qualifiers in October. "There are new players in the squad who are in very good playing rhythm already and in good shape, and I believe they will make a step to the qualification," said the Arsenal midfielder from London.
The final pre-match training session in Plzen starts at 18:15 local time and is open to the public.
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