In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic advance to the semi-finals of the Fed Cup after a home victory over Australia; nearly 70,000 turn out for the first three days of the Biathlon World Championships; Sparta face Chelsea and Plzeň play Napoli in the Europa League; and Milan Baroš is close to a return to Ostrava.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech says he will be fit to play against his former club Sparta Prague in a Europa League tie in the Czech capital on Thursday. Čech broke a finger in a game for the English Premier League side last weekend, but turned out for them on Saturday wearing a protective splint. The player, who is 30, said on his own website that Chelsea’s doctors had left it up to him whether to take to the field. He has never faced Sparta since leaving the Czech club over a decade ago.
Star football goalie Petr Čech will take to the field with his Chelsea teammates against Wigan on Saturday the team’s coach, Rafael Benitez, confirmed. Originally, the goalkeeper had expressed worries he might be out for several weeks after breaking his little finger last weekend. Čech broke his ‘pinky’ against Newcastle and missed the Czech national squad’s 2:0 win against Turkey this week.
The Czech national football team beat Turkey 2:0 in a friendly match in Turkish city of Manisa on Wednesday night. The Czechs dominated the first half of the game; they went ahead in the 3rd minute and added another goal some 25 minutes laters. The hosts improved in the second half but the Czechs managed to stay clear. The Czech national team is next playing Denmark in a world cup qualifier in Olomouc next month.
The Czech national football team plays Turkey in a friendly match in Turkish city of Manisa on Wednesday night. Czech manager Michal Bílek included playmaker and captain Tomáš Rosický in the line-up, after a seven-month break due to injury. The Czech side will also feature Matěj Vydra and Ladislav Krejčí.
Chelsea star Petr Čech has been named Czech Footballer of the Year for a record sixth time. The goalkeeper, who is 31, appeared at Monday’s award ceremony in Prague with a splint on his finger, after breaking it in a Premiere League match at the weekend. Having won a series of titles with Chelsea, Čech helped the club to a first Champions League trophy last May. His sixth Czech player of the year award saw him pass out a previous goalkeeping legend, Ivo Viktor, who was a member of the Czechoslovak team that won the European Championship in 1976.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech will miss the Czech Republic's friendly against Turkey on Wednesday due to a broken little finger. The goalie sustained the injury during Chelsea's 3-2 loss to Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday. Czech coach Michal Bilek said Jan Lastuvka of Dnipropetrovsk will replace him for the friendly, while Hamburg goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny has been called up to the squad.
Midfielder Tomáš Rosický will return to the Czech squad for an away friendly against Turkey next Wednesday. The Arsenal player, who is 32, last played for the national soccer team against Greece at Euro 2012, where he sustained an Achilles’ tendon injury. He has also suffered from a calf problem this season. Tomáš Huebschmann, Václav Pilář and Tomáš Necid are all unavailable for the game, while Stanislav Tecl of Viktoria Plzeň receives his first call-up. The Czechs are third in their World Cup qualifying group and face Denmark and Armenia in March.
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