Czech Republic striker Jan Koller hopes to be back in training by Friday after scans revealed that his hamsttring injury is not as bad as initially feared.
Koller was stretchered off during his side’s 3-0 win over the United States on Monday and therehad been fears that he would miss the rest of the tournament.
“When I first felt the pain I thought ‘everything is over for me’,” revealed the 33-year-old.
“But the scan says nothing is torn, which I am so happy about.”
Koller scored the opening goal in his side’s impressive victory over the US.
He added: “I am not sure if I will make it for the next game but at least after three or four days I should be able to train again.”
Immediatelt after the game Czech coach Karel Bruckner spoke pessimistically about the chances of Koller recovering for the rest of the tournament.
“The injury is really, really serious and it makes me very sad,” said coach Karel Bruckner.
Koller had only just recovered from a cruciate ligament injury that forced him to miss most of last season.
The Czechs take on Ghana in Cologne on Saturday in their next Group E match.