Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has withdrawn from international duty due to ‘health reasons’, potentially a reoccurrence of the calf problem that he originally sustained in the last international round that kept him sidelined for most of the Gunners campaign this season.
The 33-year-old returned to action last Tuesday starting in Arsenal’s fantastic 2-0 win over Napoli and also featured for half an hour in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion, but is believed to have not responded well after the weekend’s fixture.
Czech interim coach Josef Pesice confirmed on FIFA.com that the Czech Republic captain will remain in London. He said:
Arsenal have asked us to excuse Rosicky for health reasons. We have called up Borek Dockal.
The national team director Vladimir Smicer spoke of a discussion with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger that helped to determine Rosicky’s withdrawal from the squad:
But Tomas wasn’t completely fit after the game [against WBA]. Arsene Wenger got in touch with me and we agreed not to take Tomas to the qualifiers.
This is a slight relief for the Gunners who desperately need as many wide options as possible with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all out injured at present, and judging by Rosicky’s recent international exploits he manages to come back injured more often than not. Cazorla is the most likely to make his return after the break, and hopefully the Czech captain will be available then too.
It is suggested that it could be a reoccurrence of the calf injury, but for now it is all suspicion. Arsenal should hopefully reveal the extent of any injuries soon, however Pesice’s description of a ‘health reason’ could suggest it may well be an illness.
We will endeavor to keep you up to date with the situation, so stay tuned and get well (very) soon Rosicky!